Charles Lee tells of an extraordinary random act of kindness:

“On Tuesday afternoon my doorbell rang, and at the door I found a young man, maybe 20 years old.

“He told me he did not know what led him to my home, then handed me an envelope, told me to have a good Christmas and walked away.

“In the envelope was a Christmas card and 10 $100 bills. The card told me to keep the money if my family needed it, or to pass it on to someone else who might need it.

“Having lost my job almost two years ago, my family has struggled of late. We could use the money for our own bills, but we know there are so many people who are in much more need than us. We will be passing this money on to others.

“I just want to thank this young man. The world needs more people like him.”

Sign language

Amy Christopher, of Mandeville, tells of seeing a deer one evening right after it was hit by a car.

Amy says daughter Camille, 7, “asked 64 questions about why it happened, if they were calling the Deer Doctor, why didn’t the deer stop for the truck, why didn’t the truck stop for the deer?

“I told her there are signs that say ‘deer crossing’ but sometimes you can’t stop in time.

“Her answer: ‘Well, they need to put signs in the woods that say “CARS” so the deer will know to stop.’”

Do it yourself

Doug Johnson, of Watson, says our mention of washing blue jeans “reminds me of another sign we’re getting old.

“For years the fashion has been to wear jeans that are faded and have holes worn in them. For a few dollars more, you can even buy ‘pre-stressed’ jeans.

“Remember when the only way you could obtain jeans with that worn-out look was to wear them out yourself?

“To make things worse, Mama would add bluing to the wash water to keep them from fading, and she kept sewing patches over the holes as fast as we could wear out the knees!

“But when you did get that used look, you could take pride in knowing it came through your own efforts, not from Calvin Klein.

“Readers under 60 probably have no idea what I’m talking about.”

Speaking of fashion

Shooter Mullins says our stories of Izzy Saltz remind him of another Main Street clothier:

“In the late ’50s, Alex Karnofsky had a men’s wear store (Alex the Tailor) in the 400 block of Main Street where he sold horribly gaudy items at reasonable prices.

“Alex believed he must sell something, anything at all, to the first customer every day, or it would not be a good day. As a result, he made some strange deals.

“He told customers his prices were so low that he actually lost money on every item he sold, but by doing a great volume of business he was able to make a living.”

Not forgotten

On Saturday, a wreath-laying ceremony, complete with bagpipers, will be held at Port Hudson National Cemetery at 11 a.m. to honor those buried there.

For information, contact Phil Collins at (225) 751-4787.

Looking for stuff

Bonnie Braud needs an Elliott pecan tree for a Christmas present. Email

Special People Dept.

  • Imogene S. Clemons, of Hammond, celebrates her 100th birthday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at her home. A native of Camden, Ark., she has been a Hammond resident since the 1950s.
  • Elise Theriot, of Pierre Part, celebrates her 97th birthday Sunday.
  • On Monday Elgie “Jimmie” LeBlanc, of Donaldsonville, celebrated her 94th birthday by making “hot chocolate cupcakes” with her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter.
  • Trina “Punkin” Scott, former mayor of New Roads, now at Southside Gardens, celebrates her 92nd birthday Friday.

To save a life

Algie Petrere says, “Just watched ‘Marley and Me.’ I guess animals are on my mind.”

She passes along these ‘Top 10 reasons to adopt a homeless animal from a shelter:’

“10. Save the life of an animal who will more than likely die if not adopted.

“9. Do you really need more reasons?”

Aging process

E.T. tells of the three elderly sisters who lived together.

They were 96, 94, and 92.

The 96-year-old called down from upstairs and said, “I need a little help; I can’t remember if I am getting into the tub or out of the tub.”

The 94-year-old started up the stairs to help, got about half way up and said, “I need a little help; I can’t remember if I am going up the stairs or down the stairs.”

The 92-year-old rapped her knuckles on the kitchen table and muttered, “Knock on wood, thank the Lord I’m not as foggy as those two.”

Then she yelled to them, “I’ll be up to help you both as soon as I see who’s at the door.”

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