Who doesn't love a story with a happy ending?
This girl right here loves when a story ends on a positive note because, well, so many of them don't.
Especially the kinds of stories I cover on the crime beat.
So, yesterday, when I learned about Toledo police Sgt. Pete Lavey finding a stolen bicycle and returning it to its rightful owner, Norma Johnson, 74, I was so excited to write a story with a good outcome.
That story appeared in The Blade today.
If that story wasn't enough to just make you smile a little, how about this alternate ending:
At 3:57 a.m., I got a private message on Twitter from a gentleman who offered to pay for repairs. He made arrangements with a local bicycle shop and all Norma needs to do is take it in.
I, later in the day, got an e-mail from another man who said he would try to fix it.
There is good out there, people.
I called Norma this afternoon to let her know that she could take her beloved red bicycle to the shop and she was over the moon.
“Oh my gosh, oh my gosh,” she said. “Unbelievable.”
Then she started to cry just a little bit.
“Oh my gosh. I'm, I'm ready to cry. So many people have been so kind to me since losing that bike and the police officer finding it. Oh my gosh.”
It was awesome. Really, really awesome.
Thank you to the kind men who offered to help get Norma's bicycle back in shape. A good lesson in paying-it-forward.
We should all be so generous.