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This is an e-mail that I recieved from a friend:

A little long, but well worth the reading!

I just returned from New Jersey. While en route there, I was stuck in
traffic on Interstate 81, just below the Virginia state line,
(Bristol, Tennessee), due to a traffic accident with a fatality involved. This accident involved a tanker truck hauling a hazardous material load that developed a leak, which meant that we weren't going anywhere for several hours.

After being told by the Tennessee state troopers that we would be
sitting still until the clean up was completed, I set my brakes on
the truck and got our to stretch my legs. Other truck drivers did the
same, and at one point there were 5 of us standing there by my truck,

Sitting right beside me in the left lane, were two elderly people in
a Silverado pick up truck, which was loaded quite well. The man,
(Joe), lowered his window and asked what was going on regarding the
traffic situation.

Soon we were all talking with this couple. I mentioned that if I had
known about this, I would have bought something to drink, (water),
for I was becoming thirsty. The lady, (Anna), said that they had
plenty of water, and sodas in the cooler in the bed of the truck, and
offered everyone present something. While she was back there, she
said that she had plenty of tuna salad made up, and asked if we would
be interested in a sandwich.

After some urging from Joe, we agreed to a sandwich. While Anna was
making the sandwiches on the tailgate of the truck, she was singing
like a songbird. To be close to 70, (I guess), she had a remarkable

When she finished making the sandwiches, and putting everything up,
Joe raised the tailgate of the truck to close it. I noticed a
Mississippi license plate on it. I inquired as to what part of
Mississippi they were from. Joe said Biloxi. Knowing that Biloxi had
been ravaged also by hurricane Katrina, I asked if they sustained
any damage. Joe said that they lost everything but what they had on
and what was in the pickup. All of us drivers tried unsuccessfully
to pay them for their drinks and the sandwiches. They would have
nothing to do with it.

Joe said that their son was living around Harrisonburg, Virginia and
that they were going there. He was in the real estate business and
that there was a home that became open, and that they were going to
start all over there. Staring over at their age would not be easy.

I will soon be 48 years old, and I have say that I have never eaten
a tuna sandwich with side orders of reality and humility. These
people lost everything except the pictures, important documents, and
some clothes. Joe had managed to get their antique heirloom
grandfathers clock into the bed of the truck and Anna got her china
and silverware, but that was all. These wonderful people lost
practically everything they owned and still would not accept any
money for their food and drinks. Joe said that "it was better to give
than it is to receive."

They sought refuge behind a block wall that he had built years ago,
and they watched their belongings and their home dissappear in the
winds of Hurricane Katrina. Joe said that during all this he had one
hand holding onto Anna and the other holding on to God. Their truck
and themselves came out of Katrina unscathed.

As I stated before, Anna was singing a song while making the
sandwiches. The song is titled "I know who holds tomorrow," an old
gospel song. She knew every word, and was quite a gifted singer of
it. Have you ever heard it?

The chorus of this song is, " Many things, about tomorrow, I don't
seem to understand. But I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who
holds my hand."

There is no doubt, in my mind, who was holding both their hands. I
know there have been many, many email that have circulated over the
years about things that will touch your heart, but this one I
personally was involved in.

Forget all of the politics that the news is striving on, and think
about people just like Joe and Anna. If you can, help out with the
victims relief funds.

If you cannot, at least offer a prayer for everyone.

Do what you wish with this email, forward it, delete it, whatever.

I know that these two elderly people got to this old boy. I will
always remember them. Joe and Anna, if by some strange way you, or
someone you know gets this, and shows it to you, God Bless you!

Mike Dowdy Hartselle, Alabama

MassCops Member
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There are few things stronger than the human resolve, gives us all hope that humanity exists even in the face of adversity. Good luck to them, their generosity is refreshing.

Premium Member
8,417 Posts
Yep, well said Bu.
Just goes to show you with all of the bad in the world we see, there is still an awful lot of good.
That's America for you..... People Coming to the Aid Of Each Other in Times Of Crisis...
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