Nov. 27, 2003 – Nice things do still happen. It's just that a lot of them don't happen regularly at political forums. Anyhow, after a grueling week covering the Legislature as it slogged through the fiscal year 2004 budget, I went to do a little last-minute holiday shopping at Pueblo on St. Thomas Wednesday afternoon.
Imagine my shock when I got to the checkout counter and discovered that I had forgotten my wallet. (In truth, it's a wonder I found my way from Frenchtown to Pueblo, after this last week.)
As I stood there feeling equally foolish and frustrated, an older gentleman next in line asked the checkout clerk, "How much is it?"
"$4.79," the checker said.
"That's okay, I'll take care of it," the gentleman said.
"Oh, my goodness, thank you! But how can I find you to pay you back?" I said.
"No, you don't have to do that," he replied. With a smile, he added: "Yesterday, I lost a Western Union money order, all filled out, and somebody picked it up and found me and returned it."
"That's what Thanksgiving is all about," the checker said. "Giving."
Nice things do happen. And not just to me and my benefactor. The Source would like to know of any notably nice holiday experiences you have — nice ones to start off the season of giving thanks and just giving. E-mail the details to the Source.

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