Samaritan returns more than a wallet |

Samaritan returns more than a wallet

First, know that this letter is long overdue. Like a book borrowed from the library, the letter would be due a fine. Secondly, it is a tribute to the mystery woman whose actions inspired the contents of this communication.

Overheard daily, in checkout stands, on crowded city streets, elbow to elbow in local coffee shops: “Oh, I just love it here. Moved up from L.A. You know, it’s so dangerous.” But crime has a way of hitching a ride with the wave of those attempting to escape the statistics.

Even in the foothills, where folks once left doors unlocked, news of car break-ins, and homes being burglarized, now flourish. Yet for the most part, honesty is alive and well in our small (though growing) community.

While shopping recently, I overlooked my address book squeezed in the top shelf of the basket as I gathered up cats. Driving away, keepsakes, most of savings recently withdrawn, credit cards, lay exposed to anyone shopping.

By now, you know “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey says on his radio show. Restoring faith in honesty provided by a nameless woman, part of the people living and moving upon narrow streets in our community, who turned in my life.

Bleu Brewer

Penn Valley

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