“I send out about 300 Christmas cards a year. A lot of them this is the only card they get and they tell me it makes them feel good and brightens their day. If you are down and out it is good to know someone cares. I started sending cards after I came home from Vietnam. I keep phone numbers in these notebooks too because it brightens up a day to get a call. As long as I can make someone else’s day better than mine, then I have accomplished something. I need go get new notebooks because some of these are falling apart. I keep phone numbers in here, too, and try to make phone calls to keep in touch.
A lot on this page are Army buddies. This one went to automotive school with me. I used to work on cars but I didn’t keep up with the technology. I left the industry because I felt they were cheating people. I couldn’t charge you $300 because a plug was loose.
I once worked at the hospital and had seven jobs. I started out as the pot and pan man but quit when they told me I had to mop the floors on four floors, too, but they couldn’t pay me more than $7 an hour. I was as high as I cold go so I quit and started cutting yards for two sisters. I am still working for them ten years later. Word got around and I started doing work for other people, too. I am 73 and I am trying to slow down.
I go by and check on the elderly in nursing homes once a week. A lot of their people drop them off and don’t worry about them or go to see them. When they do that, the people don’t live too long. If I get sick, I hope someone comes by to see me.
I treat people the way I want to be treated. I try to tell the younger generation you can’t charge for everything you do. Sometimes you help people even though they can’t pay you. I help people because I can. I remember when I didn’t have anything and people helped me. My mama taught me that if you don’t have enough candy to give everyone some, don’t give anyone some. You have to be fair and good to everyone. That has always stuck with me.”