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Papa's Radio: The Gift of True Friendship
Continued from page 3
by Cookie Curci
Mr. Goldstein was the first to speak up, "Vincenzo, my friend. The United States government says that you can no longer own a radio, is this correct?"
Wearing a quizzical expression on his face, Papa answered, "Yes... Yes, this is so."
"But the government did not forbid you should listen to the radio, correct?" inquired Mr. Rosenberg.
"Correct," Papa repeated.
Papa's neighbors handed him a sheet of paper. On the paper was a handwritten time schedule listing all of his favorite radio programs. Each program and time corresponded with a neighbor's address. His old pals had gotten together and worked out a radio listening schedule for Papa and Grandma that included every show from "The Goldbergs" to "Little Orphan Annie".
Read it, my friend, encouraged Mr. Rosenberg, its all there. Monday: You and the Mrs. will listen to "Fibber McGee and Molly" at the Miller's home. Tuesday: "The Goldbergs" and "The Ted Mack Hour" at my house. Wednesday: "Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy" at the Smiths house and so on, until all of your favorite programs are accounted for. You and the Mrs. won't miss one of your favorite shows if we can help it, Vincenzo.
Papa's eye welled with tears, but this time they were tears of joy and gratitude. Papa invited his dear fiends into his house to celebrate the occasion. While Papa poured a glass of his homemade red wine for each of his friends, grandma passed around her freshly baked biscotti's.
Before going to bed that night, Papa and Grandma said a special silent prayer of thanks. Papa had lost his valuable radio on that somber day in 1941, but what he'd found in friendship on that very special Christmas Eve was truly priceless.
The great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote that "Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, but kindness in sharing creates love."
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