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Written by: Paula Anne Leslie/2006
Many people still believe in Santa and some people don’t. This is a story about a kind man who believed in Santa and making wishes come true.
Larry Alexander was a trucker. He drove a shiny eighteen-wheeler across the open roads to deliver merchandise. His boss was always grouchy and gave Larry all the heaviest loads to make him work harder than anyone else. He came home tired every day to his wife.
It was December already and very cold. As Larry drove through little towns, he noticed all of Santa’s helpers dressed in Santa suits standing in the freezing cold. One day he stopped and bought a big cup of coffee and took it to the bearded Santa helper dressed in red and white. They shook hands. As they shook hands, Larry felt a change come over him. He couldn’t explain the feeling he had to his wife when he came home.
The next day Larry went to work. He knew he would be assigned another heavy load, but today it didn’t bother him. He even shook hands with his boss and told his boss that Santa was coming soon and he was looking forward to having a couple of days off for the holiday. His boss smiled and thanked him for being such a good and reliable trucker driver. One thing lead to another and they spoke back and forth on the C.B radio, until Larry returned home!
The next day Larry reported to work, his assignments changed. He had a personal note from his boss and it said, “YOU WILL BEGIN DELIVERING TOYS FOR SANTA STARTING TODAY. A SECRET MAP HAS BEEN LEFT IN YOUR CARE. LEAVE THE TOYS AT THE LOCATION I HAVE GIVEN YOU AND LEAVE.”
That was all the note said. So Larry, being a good and reliable truck driver, loaded up his truck, drove to the secret location, left the toys, looked around to see if anyone was coming to get them, then drove home. When he returned to work, he received another note. “GREAT JOB! YOU ARE NOW AN OFFICIAL SANTA’S HELPER. YOU AND SANTA’S EIGHTEEN-WHEELER WILL CONTINUE DELIVERING TOYS TO CHILDREN. YOUR REWARD IS WITHIN YOU. GOOD LUCK AND THANKS.”
Larry could never explain this to his wife or any fellow truck drivers, so he chose not to. Who would believe him? He began making more money, he never came home tired and he always got those two days off, when the holidays rolled around. He was at peace within himself and all because of a good deed.
Whenever you see a truck driver handing a cup of coffee to one of Santa’s helpers standing in the cold, it’s probably Larry. Honk your horn and wave at Larry and Santa’s Eighteen-wheeler.
(WRITTEN ESPECIALLY FOR LARRY ALEXANDER, requested by Elizabeth Leslie Mayzak, Dallas, TX)
Paula Leslie (PAL)
"Give a little of yourself each day to someone in need and you will be rich in your heart."