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You can't read a book by its cover..."Holiday Acceptance"

You can't read a book by its cover..."The Joy and Gift of Acceptance"

I was 22 years old and working for a large carpeting store in San Antonio Texas behind the desk as a receptionist...not my kind of job but I was young and needed to take what I could get.Melanie and Michael

I was raising two very young children and paying an in-home sitter to watch them. After cashing my weekly check and paying her I had $80.00 a week left for bills and spending money.

Woo Hoo!

Christmas was right around the corner so I had to have every penny!

Without working everyday I couldn't meet my obligations so I worked while I was sick too. It made no difference if I was coughing my head off....I was there.

  

Old Ford TruckOne day I was so ill I could barely keep myself together and shouldn't have been there!

An old...and when I say old....I mean really old....truck pulled up in front of the store. It looked like it had been run through the muck, had the step sides and dents and faded paint.

Out steps an old gentleman that looked like he hadn't bathed in a week and was dressed in old torn (ugly) overalls. I've always been the type of person that would help the underdog and love them no matter what.

Even though my first reaction was..."jeesh".

So, when he approached the desk I stood and gave him a grand welcome.

We spoke, I coughed, we connected, I coughed, I helped him while I coughed. He was there to pick up an old used roll of carpet that had been delivered to the front for him. After I had the men help him load the carpet into his old truck he sauntered back in and up to the desk. He asked me to call the owner of the store to the desk so he could visit with him.

I complied. He spoke to the owner in private and smiled, waved goodbye to me and drove away.

The owner of the business walked up to me and said, "Deb, go home and stay home the rest of the week."

Whoa, I thought I was getting fired! He went on to tell me that the old man that came in "BOUGHT MY WEEK" so I could go home and heal. It turned out that the man was H.B. Zachary...one of the richest men in San Antonio.

I never heard from him again but he still lives in my prayers...you just can't read a book by its cover.

This lovely man, out of the goodness of his heart, gave me the gift of "time, rest and recuperation" without asking for an ounce of thanks. He came in to buy a used piece of carpet to save his money and ended up buying me one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.

Because of Mr. H.B. Zachary, I was able to get well and still provide the Christmas my children deserved. Treat people without judgment always and know they are so much more and so much deeper than their appearance.

You just cannot read a book by its cover!  Please remember..."The Joy and Gift of Acceptance"

Hebrews 13:2

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it...

Amen..........:-) Quote contributed by my good friend, Liz Moras. Thank you Liz!

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Hi Deb...Your story is an inspiration to all of us.  Hopefully many will read it.  I will re-post it so others will feel the happiness I felt while reading it.

You continue to be worthy of that gift.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 11 years ago

Katy Kat, thank you my friend. I am so glad it brought you joy. I think back on him often and get shivers. It is the finest gift he could have given me...Merry Christmas my friend!

Hugs,

Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb - What a wonderful story..and you can never tell about a person by the way they dress or the car they drive.

Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Sandra, you are so right about that! He had nothing to prove to anyone in this world but himself and his loved ones. Who cares what he drove and what he wore! Others of course dress for success even if they can't buy the smoke off a hamburger! Hugs my friend. Deb

 

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb... this is so true.  We're pretty laid back up here and it's impossible to tell who has what or who has nothing.  It's not about what's on the outside anyway, is it?

PS..."even if they can't buy the smoke off a hamburger..."  I do miss the south! :)

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) almost 11 years ago

Jesse, you do make me giggle! I'm really not into the pretentiousness either. Why don't you and Kathy warm up a little and move my direction! I would love to call you neighbor! Hugs, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb ~ I came to this post by way of Kate Elim's reblog.  What a great story and I got teary reading it.  What a wonderful man and a great gift.

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) almost 11 years ago

Oh Deb, that is right out of a fairty tale!  How wonderful!  Thank you for sharing it.  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) almost 11 years ago

Deb, I read the re-blog of this one over at Kate's blog and think this was a terrific giving story from your past. You were definitely "touched" by Mr. H.P. Zachary. Kindness is never forgotten you know.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Wow! That was the greatest gift I have ever heard! Never know who we are talking to and no matter how they look....treat them with respect. Wonderful story Deb!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Hi Deb,
I love that story.  It reminds me of my deceased Grandfather...whenever he was going shopping for a new car or truck, he always wore the oldest and worst looking clothes he had.  He then, watched the sales people to see how that reacted to him and chose to deal with the one who was accepting and non-judgmental.  He always paid cash!

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 11 years ago

Deb, I LOVED this story!  The kindnesses you do, big and small can affect a person in a huge way and they may not even realize it.  We should always remember to take that extra step in life to help others--and bless that elderly gentleman!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 11 years ago

Kathy, thank you for reading and for sharing how it made you feel. This is truly what the Christmas spirit is all about, don't you think? This is a memory of a "stranger" that blessed me with his giving. I do hope you have a wonderful holiday yourself Kathy, Holiday Hugs, Deb

Susan, hugs and kisses right back at you! I want to see pics of your Christmas lights!!!

Gary, you are right. I will never forget it. It was an act of kindness that will remain in my heart forever. Holiday Hugs, Deb

Sally, it was amazing. And, God Bless Mr. H.P. Zachary!

Cynthia, I can tell your Grandfather was a wonderful man. I like his philosophy! My husband began to sell cars here in town after a divorce and the disolving of his company in Houston. My mom HAD to go look at new cars one day as I was visiting and truly I hesitated...I was what I considered grungy and didn't put any make-up on...I feared I might see someone I knew. But, I went anyway. Low and behold it is now my husband that jumped to his feet and met us at the door of the dealership. We didn't buy a car that day...but the rest is history! Holiday Hugs, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb,  What a great story.  THANK YOU for sharing.  Not only is just a warm fuzzy great holiday story, but it has a wonderful message as well.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

...geri

Posted by geri wehry, your agent for life (RE/MAX Select R.E.) almost 11 years ago

Deb - my grandfather was like that.  Always looked like he didn't have a home or a bar of soap.  But when he went into the city to the stock brokerage all the fund managers jumped through hoops like he was the ringmaster.  It's not the wrapper - it's the substance.  Apparently Mr. Zachary already knew that.

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story with us.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) almost 11 years ago

Deb, you can't find a "motivational" book out there that won't tell you that you are making a huge mistake if you don't polish your shoes, wax your car, and wear nice clothes----Got help the planet if that is really true.  It would be better in my opinion to educate people how to read between the book covers.  Great post.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 11 years ago

This is such a great story. This story has a lesson for everyone. Not judging a book by its cover is so often applied to older people but I also think it is just as important to apply it to younger people as well. You hear so much judgment of younger people based solely on how they dress and it unfortunately seems to be acceptable to many people.

Posted by Rich Dansereau (Positive Real Estate Professionals) almost 11 years ago

Fantastic story.........that is what being wealthy should be about, giving to others. I am sure this story has been passed down to many you know and the gift keeps giving.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago

What a great story!

I also wanted to say Thank you for your support in my efforts!

Merry Christmas!

Charlottesville Santa

your friend in Charlottesville

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) almost 11 years ago

Wow what a story!  That is really remarkable and you are so special to keep him in your prayers, but I understand.  His kindness provided so much to you and your family.  Wow.

Posted by asdf zcxv, Ann Arbor Area Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago

Deb,

Kate Elim reblogged this and mentioned it in her comment on one of my very old posts about a similar experience.  When someone does something, like this man did for you, you remember it for your lifetime!  I truly feel that if someone does this for "us", then we need to keep it going.  We are now "tagged", so to speak:) It's one small way we can make a difference.

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) almost 11 years ago

What a fabulous story and something tells me this many probably made a habit of doing good deeds like this. I'm sure you've paid it forward many times and gotten just as much satisfaction as he has through the years. Loved it!

Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) almost 11 years ago

Beautiful story, no you can never tell who someone is by their appearance or the vehicle that they drive.  Merry Christmas.

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate) almost 11 years ago

Hi Deb, Reading your story certainly made me smile. One act of kindness had such apowerful effect upon you and your children in a time of need. Now, because you've told your story many, many more people will be touched. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Posted by Marian Gregor-Ann, Arbor area Real Estate (Keller Williams) almost 11 years ago

Deb - that was truly a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

geri, thank you so much. I love your quotes and I have enjoyed meeting you. We will stay in touch!

Carol, I have run into several of those types...If you've got it why would you have to flaunt it?

Charles, that's what they say! Although, if you're broke....how do you dress for success? Maybe a three piece suit on the busy corner while selling flowers? Hum...

Rich, you're right although I'll never like either the males or females letting their pants drop till you're looking at their hoohoos.

 

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

geri, thank you so much. I love your quotes and I have enjoyed meeting you. We will stay in touch!

Carol, I have run into several of those types...If you've got it why would you have to flaunt it?

Charles, that's what they say! Although, if you're broke....how do you dress for success? Maybe a three piece suit on the busy corner while selling flowers? Hum...

Rich, you're right although I'll never like either the males or females letting their pants drop till you're looking at their hoohoos.

 

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Missy, I believe that too. One of my wishes is to become so rich I can go around giving it away!

Charles, You are so welcome and thanks to you too.

Karen M, Thank you my friend! It was one of the most special moments I've ever known. It is still with me today.

Karen H, Hi Karen! Kate is a sweetheart for the re-blog! I am soooo appreciative. I do hope you are well and your family will have a wonderful holiday. Thank you so much for the stop-in. I don't get to hear from you that often. This is a treat!

Colleen, I can tell you that man taught me the true meaning of giving without expectation. He left a kiss on my heart that is there forever. Hugs to you my friend! Deb

Holiday Hugs!

 

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

DEB,

I loved this story, it should be a holiday movie!  You're so right, when will people ever learn not to judge by looks but by content?

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) almost 11 years ago

Deb - What an awesome story! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) almost 11 years ago

Deb this is a fantastic story! It really is true that you can not judge people by appearance. This is certainly one of those great lessons in life. I think this deserves a feature...Flagged!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 11 years ago

That is a touching story.  Good people like him make the world go around

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) almost 11 years ago

Hi Deb,

What a touching story. It is nice to know folks of this caliber are out there in their tattered jeans.

His generosity couldn't have come to you at a better time.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Wow that is amazing.  Just another reason we shouldn't judge each other, you never know who someone is, just by how they look. 

Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago

Wow that is amazing.  Just another reason we shouldn't judge each other, you never know who someone is, just by how they look. 

Posted by Anonymous almost 11 years ago

A wonderful story.  I'll bet that you have paid that kindness forward many, many times in the course of your life without even realizing it!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) almost 11 years ago

Deb that is a beautiful story, thank you for sharing!  Congratulations on the gold star!  pippa

Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) almost 11 years ago

Deb- Nestor has met many of the richest people in Houston wearing rags and driving beat up trucks etc.  While we must be making our best first impression we must never judge another based on our first  impression of them.

On another note: Rich people do great things with their money.Thank GOd For rich people who come in the form of angels. A poor person could not have bought that much carpet to help you.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago

Wow!!!! Deb, thank you so much for reminding us not to judge people, and to reach out and help others less fortunate. The story was such an inspiration I shared it with my best friend!!!

Posted by Roxie almost 11 years ago

Deb, what a wonderful story,  it sent goosebumps up me!  I love stories like that thank you for sharing.  Jane

Posted by Jane Heiss-Armitage, Selling Homes in the Great Lakes Bay Region (Ayre/Rhinehart Realtors (Midland County, Bay County,Saginaw County, Mi.)) almost 11 years ago

Thank you for sharing that wonderful story!  I think this post was just for me..........

Posted by Linda Pitts (Sue Wilkinson Real Estate, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Deb- what a truly heart warming story.  Thank you for sharing.  I had to reach for the kleenex! 

Posted by Dawn Whalen, Managing Broker (Whalen Realty Group,LLC) almost 11 years ago

Yvette, yep it could make a movie about an angel in overalls! He really was!

Carol, you're welcome.

Bill, thank you so much. I do think it's a good reminder for us all. It has changed my perspective on life from that moment on...

Russ, no wonder he was such a success in his business...

Hal, He saved my Christmas so to speak. I ended up having enough money and the rest I needed.

Holiday Hugs to all my friends! Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Janna, I believe I have paid it forward in my life. At Christmas time I find myself seeing a person that really looks down in the grocery store and I give them a little money. I just walk up and hand it to them and walk away. I've never had anyone try to return it and I feel so good inside to be able to do it.

pippa, How are you my dear? I'll bet things are getting fast and furious on you with the holidays approaching...hugs.

Katerina, that's it my friend!!!!!! Rich people do a great deal of "giving" in so many ways.

Roxie, you're welcome. I have become more successful in my careers over the years just because of this incident. It taught me so much.

Jane, thank you so much! It is my pleasure to share.

Linda, you're right. It is just for you...and you....and you.

Dawn, you must be a very sensitive soul. I didn't mean to make you cry although back then I did. Out of pure happiness.

Holiday Hugs to all my friends, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb,What a heartwarming story and timely at this time of year when so many people are hurting and need an angel to come into their lives.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 11 years ago

Thank you for your submission Deb!

Posted by Tami Vroma, Realtor, Grand Rapids MI Real Estate (West Michigan Real Estate Specialist-Five Star Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Deb - Wow ! That is an awesome story and thank you for sharing it ! It's amazing at the little miracles we can receive especially around Christmas time ! On another note WILL SOMEONE PLEASE OH PLEASE BUY A WEEK FOR ME !

Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) almost 11 years ago

Barb, they (angels) do exist in many different forms...

Tami, you're welcome. Your "buck" entry should be in Diary!

Lissal...keep praying! Looks like Titanium is trying!

Holiday Hugs, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Hi Hon- I think Mr Zachory was coming from the heart. You sure can't tell a book by its cover. The Savior was born in a manger. Congratulations on the Feature. I love the pic of the kiddos and you too. -S

Posted by Debra and Scott Brooks, Lake Conroe Real Estate and Luxury Home Specialists! (Brooks Prime Properties, Lake Conroe) almost 11 years ago

Oh my Deb, that was just an incredible story from your life.  What a blessing to know that there are angels among us in all forms and disguises!

Posted by Cat Zwicker, CRS, Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results! (Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC) almost 11 years ago

Deb - what a heart warming story.  Thank you for the reminder and encouragement to continue to do the right thing... ALWAYS!  You happened to be blessed that time.  But undoubtedly there have been many many times since then that you've done the right thing, not seen an immediate reward, yet still had the satisfaction of having treated someone right... and been a blessing to them.

Posted by David Holzmann (Holzmann & Associates) almost 11 years ago

Scotty, thank you. I love the pic of the kids. Nancy made it into a button for me.

Cat, I have spent a very blessed life. No doubt. Thank you.

David, It warms my heart to remember these wonderful times too. Happy Holidays!

Holiday Hugs, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Great story, hope times have gotten somewhat better for you. Although they might be a little lean this year. Did you ever think about calling him and thanking, I bet it would get a hoot out of him. Good luck and God Bless.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) almost 11 years ago

Deb, What a great story.  My family and I have been reading stories from "Chicken soup for the Weary Christmas soul"  This sounds like a story that would fit right in.  My kids laugh at me because I almost always start crying.

Posted by Kathy Kooyman (Home Realty) almost 11 years ago

Charles....yes, I've contemplated it before. I'm certain that I would have to speak with a family member though as this was quite a few years ago...okay a couple of decades ago and he was elderly then. You know, I might just try calling the family though. I'm sure they would like to know. I've just always kept this close to my heart and maybe it's time to share more! Holiday Hugs, Deb

 

"Chicken soup for the Weary Christmas soul" Now that sounds like a wonderful book! Don't worry Kathy...I use to cry at commercials all the time. Warm hearts you know. Holiday Hugs, Deb 

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

What an amazingly touching story! It reminds me of the scripture:

Hebrews 13:1-3

Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

H.P. Zachary may not be an angel, but he was YOUR angel that day. :-) ~GBU~

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) almost 11 years ago

Elizabeth, your quote spoke to my heart. You always know what to say! Thank you my friend..Hugs,Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb- I made some typos in my comment, go back and read it again, left some words out:) I was falling asleep when I was typing, shame on me:

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago

That story made me cry.  Never, ever, ever judge and you didn't!  He was an angel in your time of need!

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) almost 11 years ago

Nestor and Katerina, You need the sleep grammy! I appreciate your comments! Hugs, Deb

Cristal, aaawwwww....don't cry! Really! It was such a wonderful gift for myself and my children. You're a softy..,.Hugs, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb,

What a beautiful story....thanks for sharing this. It really touched my heart....

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Jo-Anne, that is a very strong compliment to me since you have such a kind and astute heart! I wish you a merry Christmas my friend, Holiday Hugs, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Wow Deb - that gave me goosebumps..........what a life altering experience ......!  It brought to mind this scripture.........

Hebrews 13:2

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it...

Amen..........:-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor almost 11 years ago

Liz, wow is right. The scripture is right on. He turned out to be mine that day! I've always felt angels around me. I know they watch.

Thank you for contributing this to my post. You are a special lady and friend.

Amen........:-)

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

My goodness, what a touching story, and obviously you'll never forget this gift of kindness!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Thank you Margaret, no I won't. It's engrained in my heart and for that I am thankful...I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Holiday Hugs, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Great story and I am sure it is true! Living in a small town in Florida, we have similar happenings and observations. I have seen a couple of the wealthiest guys in a store or having breakfast in their bibs from time to time in several small communities. I have heard others commenting as well, never realizing that they could make major changes in the local world and often did.  They always greeted you or at least nodded or waved in passing. Too bad most of them around here are now gone. Some of their sons and grandsons have taken over the businesses, and sadly, not with the same philosophy. They are missed. As well as my spouse who loved to have lunch with me in his bibs before 12 years of battling cancers took him from me last year, a transplanted Illinois farm boy/Marine turned Florida Cracker.

Posted by Pat Argo, CRS (Keller Williams Realty of Brevard) almost 11 years ago

Hi Deb - thanks for entering this contest with this post!

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 11 years ago

Deb, What a beautiful story.  Kindness from others makes the world go round!   When I lived in KC, there was a "secret Santa" that would walk through less than desirable housing projects and hand out $100 bills to families.  This is the true meaning of giving, from people like Mr. Zachary and other kind folks. Merry Christmas!

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) almost 11 years ago

Pat, I'm sorry to hear that you lost your hubby to cancer. He sounds like a lovely man. And, there are lots of great things about those Illinois farm boys!

Ann, you're welcome. I read your entry and cried with you!

Elizabeth, Thank you. I've always wished I had enough to do the very same thing. From early childhood the joy of "giving" to me was greater than the joy of "receiving". I feel blessed with what I have and I feel better when I can share it! Merry Christmas to you to!

Holiday Hugs,,

Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb - What a heart-lifting story. Blessings to you at Christmas.

Posted by Tom Plant (WINEormous.com) almost 11 years ago

Tom~Tom!

Hello and Merry Christmas to you and Laura too! Keep each other all cuddly and warm!

Holiday Hugs, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb- I absolutely love this. It makes me proud of people... of Mom's who sacrifice... of my dear former neighbors of San Antonio... and of that great human emotion- compassion. I feel completely enriched by this great experience of yours.

Posted by Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) almost 11 years ago

Hey, Deb. I suspect you mean "H. B. Zachary," but he had some sons whose names I don't know. H.B. was famous for doing what you described. I had the privilege of attending a seminar by him back in 1976 at the Zachary Engineering Center at Texas A&M. Yes, the engineering center is named after him. He was an Aggie to the max, but more importantly he was one of the kindest people I've ever met.

Posted by Not a real person almost 11 years ago

 

Chuck, thank you! There were many lessons to be learned from all this. You're right about that. The compliment is treasured by me. Again, thank you.

Russel, well I guess I do mean H B! Through the course of the years that must have changed in my mind. I'm tickled to find someone else who was aware of this man's inner beauty and kindness. I can see I need to do some research to learn more of him. He's always just been so "special" to me.

Holiday Hugs! And, miracles. Deb

 

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Deb~ 

I LOVE stories...ones that  come right from the heart...and yours is one of them.

I think that stories can open up a path to understanding that brings people together. When you wrote, " Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.." I nodded. You had captured that nod of understanding and my smile as you told the tale.....thank you

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 11 years ago

I'm back to say congratulations on the honorable mention for this great post. When I first read your post, I couldn't help but smile.  You deserved to be one of the first place winners.  There where quite a few that I would put with your post as a 1st place winner.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 11 years ago

Deb - What a wonderful story!.  Yes, you can't judge a book by its cover.  A lot of wealthy people does not have to dress up to impress people.  They know who they are and very comfortable about it.  God bless you for treating him well.  Merry Christmas.

Posted by Rosalinda Morgan, "The Rose Lady" almost 11 years ago

JaneAnne, thank you so much. Coming from you that is an incredible compliment! I'm so glad I encouraged you to smile! My job is complete! Holiday Hugs, Deb

Rebecca, thank you and again, I'm glad you smiled. That warms my heart too

Rosalinda, Merry Christmas to you too my friend.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Congratulations on your winning entry! Merry Christmas to you!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

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