To The Daily Sun,
This is a story about an act of kindness.
My niece's husband, a native of the Netherlands, recently became a citizen of the United States. He, and we, and the rest of the family and friends are delighted. I thought it would be nice to get him a gift of an American flag lapel pin. Sounds easy enough, but not so.
I was in Staples getting some office supplies and asked if they carried the flag pins. They did not. I drove across to a jewelers in the Tanger outlet, but no luck there either. I stopped at a gift shop a short distance past the "Mosquito Bridge" but they didn't carry them either. Then on to another jewelers in the Belmont Mall . . . no luck. On over to JoAnn Fabrics and no luck again. Down the road to Walgreen's and they didn't carry them either.
I stopped at All My Life Jewelry store on Main Street and finally, found a store that had such a pin. I explained to the pleasant young woman that I wanted to buy it as a gift for my nephew-in-law who had just become a naturalized citizen, and that he would be coming up this weekend. She showed me the pin and it is actually much nicer than the one that I wear.
The woman then asked if I would like it gift-wrapped and I said yes. She then did a beautiful job of setting it in cotton in a gift box, wrapped it, and then made a handful of ribbon bows to adorn it.
And, when all was said and done, neither she nor Randy would accept any money ... they generously wanted to give a gift to a new citizen. Of course I thanked them for their kindness and will make sure I deal with them whenever I have a jewelry need.
Now, isn't that deserving of a God bless America?