A Path To Love
Picture the scene – middle of winter, Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and just a mountain of snow. You might imagine it would be desolate? Well it is, save for two city workers and their shovels. Why though have Jerrod Ebert and Kevin Schultz been sneaking off, on their own, to clear snow off of a walkway?
“For most people it’s a path to nowhere,” said Ebert. “It’s a path to somewhere for one person.”
Ebert is referring to Bud Caldwell. Bud Caldwell was married for 55 years to Betty – the love of his life. She sadly died last year so Bud got a bench in her memory. He started to take daisies to the bench every day as her favorite song was “Daisy a Day”.
Jerrod Ebert and Kevin Schultz saw Bud one snowy day in his car in front of a snow bank. After watching him, they managed to figure out why he was there and that the snow was blocking him from getting to see his wife.
“One day I pulled up there and there’s the walk shoveled,” explained Bud. “My knees about buckled on me.” Bud couldn’t believe someone would brave the cold Winter air to go out of their way to help someone they’d never met.
“We were just doing what we felt was our job,” said Ebert. “Some intuition, be it divine or otherwise says this is why you’re here – to help one another.”
Wouldn’t it be great if we all followed Ebert and Schultz’ example and just display a little kindness to our fellow man. We’re reminded on a daily basis of evil acts that go on in the world and as Edmund Burke remarked “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Well on this occasion two good men did do something and it means that Bud was able to say to his wife, as he attended her bench “See, you tomorrow, munchkin. Love you. Always did. Always will.”