On The Bricks

April 23, 2019

Readers Digest is a magazine that condenses stories and reruns them from other places. I read last month’s Readers Digest and I’m going to give it a whirl to condense the condensed story … hoping you enjoy it as much as I did.

Angela Peter’s rolled her wheelchair into a nail salon located at the Walmart shopping center in Michigan with the idea of bedazzling her fingers. But Peters, who has cerebral palsy, was turned away. The salon (not owned by Walmart), she says, told her they were afraid it would be too difficult to properly paint her nails given that her hands shook.

Watching Peter’s disappointment a few feet away was a Walmart cashier about to go on her break. Ebony Harris, 40, later said, “She’s a girlie girl. She’s just like you, me, my daughter, anybody. She wants to look pretty. So why can’t she?”
Harris, who had a break from work, approached Peters and offered to do her nails. They went to the beauty aisle where they bought a bright blue nail polish. Then they went to a neighboring Subway, found a table for two, and Harris gently took Peter’s hand into hers and began painting her nails.

A fellow Walmart employee stopped and suggested to add a little extra zing. So, they added some glitter polish.

Subway employee Tasia Smith watched the gentleness displayed by Harris while the two chatted as if they were old friends. Smith wrote about it on Facebook and said, “Thank you to the Walmart workers for making this beautiful girl’s day!”

There are so many ways that this story makes me have faith in humankind. We all have opportunities like the one presented to Ebony Harris, but we don’t all take advantage of them. Ebony Harris is a hero, in my book.

Another personal hero is my mother, Paula Lucas. She and her husband, Bob, came by yesterday and got some trash bags and went out and spent an hour picking up trash on the highway. My mother is 81 and Bob is at least five years older than she. Yeah, that’s impressive, you have to admit!

Don’t miss the OPSU Rodeo this weekend at the Hitch Arena on Sunset in Guymon. It’s free admission and there are some exceptional OPSU cowboys to cheer on. And they’ll probably be winning, too!

Hope your Easter was blessed with wonderful family and friends.

See you on the bricks!