Some bits of wisdom become so commonplace and so self-evidently true that we forget exactly from where they originate. Consider the old chestnut, “Catch someone doing something right.”
Dale Carnegie of “How to Win Friends and Influence People” fame said some things that were similar. For instance, he wrote, “Give honest and sincere appreciation.”
Not quite the same thing even though it’s awfully close to it. But no matter the saying’s origin, a disabled veteran did exactly that for a pair of children who returned his lost wallet.
According to KSAZ, Detroit resident Marc Walsh went shopping on Jan. 8, nothing more on his mind than getting something to eat. Yet sometime during the trip from the store and to his home, his wallet worked its way out of his pocket.
For most of us, that would be a mighty inconvenience. For Walsh, though, it was something more serious.
See, Walsh is a disabled veteran, and every dollar lost is that much more difficult to replace. Liftable, a brand of The Western Journal, reached out to Walsh to gauge his reaction regarding what happened that night.
“I was beyond distraught,” he said. “I am between jobs currently, so the money I did have I needed desperately.
“I didn’t think to call the police, honestly. I had written it off as a loss.”
Only it wasn’t lost at all. Much to his surprise, his roommate rang him to give him great news: His wallet had been returned safe, sound and with its contents intact.
Walsh exclaimed, “I pulled over on the side of the road and started crying. I was so happy.”
Surveillance video at Walsh’s house showed two young girls who persistently pounded at his door, the wallet in hand. Their graciousness shocked the veteran.
“When I went back to look at the video, I was just completely shocked to see two kids that age being the ones to return it,” he said. “Honestly it’s just really truly heartwarming.”
There were just two things he didn’t get: the kids’ names and the opportunity to give them a reward. So he reached out to local news stations. Eventually, they were identified as 14-year-olds Makhia and Makyla Vincent.
WJBK said that the girls had quite literally stumbled upon the wallet while walking to school. They said that the military ID brought home to them the need to do the right thing.
“I read the veterans card and I was like, ‘I would hate if that was my granddad and that happened to him.’ So I knew we had to return it,” Makyla said.
Walsh knew what he had to do as well. On Jan. 12, he met with the sisters and gave them money as a reward for their honesty and kindness.
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