I have found a new hero in these divided states of A-merry-ca. I have found someone who is truly worthy of Sainthood, and who we should put in our country's history books when the story of this period in our great history is written. My fellow A-merry-cans, let us all raise our glasses to Billie Watts, of Murfeesboro, Tennessee.
In case you haven't heard this story, let me give you the 411 real quick: It seems that Billie found $97K in the rest room of a "Cracker Barrel" restaurant. (Do they have banks down South?) And then, incredibly, she gave it back. Let me repeat that for you: SHE GAVE IT BACK!
Now, I understand that Billie is 75 years old, and maybe now that she is in the golden years of her life, money just doesn't mean quite as much to her. Hell maybe she is quite well off and doesn't need some extra spending money for this holiday season (Although if she is well off, I doubt that she would have been eating at a Cracker Barrel.) But damn it Billie, did you have to give ALL of it back? Couldn't you have slipped a few stacks of those $1,000 bills in your purse?
"Satan will tempt you. I have been having real bad teeth problems," said Billie Watts, 75. "I thought 'I'll get my teeth fixed.'" '
Ahh, that explains it, a church going lady. That darn satan will do the damnedest things to cause us to stray, won't he?
But anyway, I love the part where Billie actually took the money home, thought about it, and then called the restaurant to ask about their lost and found. Hello is this Cracker Barrel Restaurant? Yes mam, my name is Billie Watts, and I was there today and I found this wonderful tapestry bag with some pictures in it. Did someone report a missing tapestry bag? Oh they did? Wonderful! I have the bag right here with all their pictures.......oh no mam, nothing else, just some pictures.... I knew one thing when I read this story; Billie was NOT one of my cousins. No way. Shoot! Had she been one of my cousins (or me for that matter) the conversation would have gone just like I just wrote it. Hell times are hard out here. "Finders keepers".
And did you read about what happened next? The grateful owner of the money offered Billie $1,000 for her troubles. ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS! Billie refused. Thanks but no thanks, just doing my civic duty, it just wouldn't feel right to take a reward for doing the right thing.....
From corrupt Governors in Illinois, to honest little old ladies in Tennessee. It's one of the things I love about A-merry-ca; you can always find some balance.