Brenda Schmitz, wife and mother of four sons, who died of ovarian cancer in 2011, had one final request. She wrote a letter to a friend, asking her to hold on to it until her husband David found a new life partner. This past September, David asked Jayne Abraham to marry him, and Brenda’s friend followed through by mailing the letter to Des Moines radio station Star 102.5’s “Christmas Wish” program.
Station manager Scott Allen explained: “About a week and a half ago, an anonymous letter was sent to Star 102.5 Christmas Wish. We’ve been granting Christmas Wishes for over 20 years and I’ve never read a letter like the one I received from Brenda. Everyone, no matter the age, was moved.”
Last week Brenda’s letter was read to David on the air. She had written:
“My reason for writing is this. I have a wish. I have a wish for David, the boys, and the woman and her family if she has kids also. I want them to know I love them very much.”
The radio station granted Brenda’s three wishes: a spa treatment for David’s fiancée; a trip for the new family to Disney World; and a special call out for the team who took care of her at Mercy Medical Center.
Our “Manners Hero of the Week” goes to Brenda’s friend for following through on her request, to Star 102.5 for granting Brenda’s wishes, and most of all to Brenda Schmitz for giving her husband and his new family a Christmas gift for the ages.
Every week, Steven Petrow, the author of five etiquette books, and the forthcoming “Mind Your Digital Manners,” chooses a “Manners Hero.”
Send any nominations to [email protected].
Follow him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stevenpetrow
Or Twitter: www.twitter.com/stevenpetrow