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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • Posted August 15, 2012

Dear Gerry,

I have to admit that sometimes I skip the letters to the editor part of the paper because I get so tired of all the complaining people do. I get enough of that in day to day life! So I want to tell you somethings I’m grateful for.

I go to Austin and visit family often, and they always ask how I can stand small town life. I like to tell them stories of the great people here in Mason. I don’t use names because they won’t know them anyway, so I won’t use them here either.

I think I am lucky to live here, and to have my children grow up here. We take things for granted. An example. I work at the school, we get paid on the 15th. So I know I have money that day. One late afternoon I took a quick trip to Brady to get some groceries and when I swiped my card I had half of what I needed to pay. I looked behind me and felt all the eyes on me! I wanted to die. Oh know, what am I going to do.

Then I remember I had a certain mans number in my phone that worked for our great Mason National Bank. I don’t think he wanted me to use it to call him after hours for help, but guess what, I did it anyway. He was so polite. Gave me a tellers personal number and said if she couldn’t help me to call him back. She did help, and it took like 5 seconds. Could you do that in the big city if you were just a regular citizen? Nope.

Then last week a lady I casually know did something so nice for me I’m still in shock. I needed something and she knew it and was in a position to help, without being asked, without expecting payback, without expecting praise. I’m not supposed to say her name, but you know who you are, and I will always be thankful for your kindness, and hope I can pay that forward someday. We are so lucky to be here, around good people everyday. And I wish more people would send in letters of gratitude for all to read. You can find it anywhere if you just look.

Melissa Haley

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