On June 15, I brought my wife of 48 years home to celebrate her remaining days with friends and family. I took Route 7, knowing Sharon loved banana ice cream from an ice cream stand in Winchester. Upon telling her that we were going to stop there, she said: “Oh goody, that’s my favorite.” When I went to order, the three young adults working could tell I was upset and asked if they could help in any way. Through my tears, I told them this was her last visit because she only had a couple days left. I ordered her cone and offered my money. The one young lady said: “No, it’s on me.” I thanked her and went back to the car and was received by the largest grin I had seen on Sharon’s face in months.
A couple minutes later, I got a knock on my window and there stood these kids. They asked if they could give us a hug and they didn’t waste time making us seem so special. Sharon and I were grateful to have this happen to us. She went back to eating her cone and there was another knock on the window. It was the kids again holding a bag. They said they all pitched in and bought several pints of banana ice cream for her to eat in the coming days. We were astounded by this gift of love and talked about them on the way back to Woodstock.
We fed her the ice cream for several days, spoon by spoon until she said she was full. Sharon passed away a couple of days later and I went back to the stand and showed these kids a video of how she enjoyed their gift of love. Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye among us.
I wish to say how proud the parents and the owners of the ice cream stand should be of these special people. It’s so good to be able to share good news about the future leaders of our country in lieu of all the negatives that are in the headlines.
Alvin A. Cline Jr., Edinburg