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A Pleasant Surprise

December 18, 2012 - Al Stephenson
The doorbell rang. It was late on a Sunday night. Who could possibly be at the door?

My wife and I with the dog close behind, headed somewhat cautiously to the door. When my wife opened it she expressed surprise. My face also registered a bewildered look. The dog was spooked. She did not give her normal beagle howl, which is a "hi, I'm glad to see you" greeting. Instead she just barked at this strange group of people, particularly when they burst into song.

At our door was a group of primarily female Tiffin University students, their jogging suits letting us know from whence they hailed. They sang a couple of Christmas carols while my wife and I just smiled. The dog of course just didn't understand. This was a first for us. Never before had we had been on the receiving end of a wonderful Christmas tradition. It felt good.

At a time when it's easy to question the goodness of people, these young college students made quite an impression on us. I want to thank them publicly for their spirited show of friendliness. It may seem a simple gesture to some, but to my wife and I it was greatly appreciated.

My wife was telling someone today about the experience and suggested that caroling is usually reserved for older senior citizen types.

The view from my seat suggests that these Tiffin University students should be commended for their activity. On the other hand, if they targeted my house as a home where "older" folks live, we may have to have a little chat!


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