In A Season of Many Packages, One Stands Out

Here’s what my friend Cary Clack, who recently lost his dad, posted on Facebook today:

“It wasn’t requested or expected but I came home to find a package from State Rep. Lyle Larson‘s office. In it was a warm letter; a House Resolution he’d done honoring my father; and a flag that flew at the State Capitol in Dad’s memory. No member of my family has ever been a constituent of Rep. Larson’s, our political views tend to veer in different directions and our paths don’t often cross.

“All of this is to say that the man didn’t have to do what he did. I want to publicly acknowledge and thank Rep. Larson for his wonderfully generous and classy thoughtfulness and extend my family’s appreciation for his staff. Peace and Merry Christmas to all of you.”

It reminded me of a similar package I received in the summer of 2005.

My dad had passed away in Massachusetts. No death notices appeared in S.A. Yet, this envelope contained a resolution from Bexar County Commissioners Court, hand-signed by each member, expressing condolences for his passing.

Yes, I know that they routinely do this for lots of deceased local residents.

I also notice that one Lyle Larson was a member of that body before being elected to the Texas House of Representin’.

Unexpected kindnesses and simple humanity are what sustain us.

Sometimes, the more unexpected, the more powerful.

Peace and Merry Christmas, from Charles’ and Joe’s sons.

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