Mr. Rawston

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Each day millions of children arrive in American classrooms in search of more than reading and math skills. They are looking for a light in the darkness of their lives, a Good Samaritan who will stop and bandage a bruised heart or ego. -Author: Jim Trelease

Good morning! I just learned that today is National Good Samaritan Day. So, I thought I would share a few short stories each day this week about individuals who made a difference in my life as I was growing up. I chose Mr. Gerald Rawston to share first because he made a significant difference in my life, my family, and the community. Mr. Rawston was the man who put the light in many hearts.

Mr. Rawston

We moved to the projects when I was nine or ten. I met Mr. Rawston at the Baptist Center, and he became one of the most influential men in my life, next to my father, my grandfather, and later my husband.

When I was about 14 or 15, he arranged for me to spend a week camping, attend a concert, and narrate a Christmas Pageant. I was part of the choir and sometimes helped with teaching.

He was the minister of the Baptist Center, and during the summer, I learned to sew, knit, crochet, and embroider. I loved sewing, and I learned to make my clothes.

He often invited me to lunch with him and his family at his home. I never knew why he took an interest in me, but I was glad he did because it opened doors to opportunities I might not have experienced and helped me to see other possibilities.

I believe he was building the confidence of a quiet, shy young girl. Mr. Rawston was the first White man I learned to respect and love because he cared about the community and was always helping families in need. He made a difference. Thank you, Mr. Rawston.

Until tomorrow, stay safe, and keep the faith.

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