This sign appeared recently on the telephone pole at the corner of Livingston Avenue and Third Street, on my walking route to work. At first I didn’t notice it, but when I read it I thought about what a nice, neighborly thing it was for a dental office to give up one day of paid work in order to offer a free filling, a tooth extraction, or a cleaning to someone who just couldn’t afford dental care otherwise. And the people offering this free benefit were serious about letting people know about their effort to give back to the community — Kimberly Parkway, where the dental office is located, is miles to the east of the German Village location of this particular sign. I imagine that similar signs could be found at many locations in our city.
In the hurly-burly of our lives in modern America, we sometimes tend to forget, or take for granted, the nice things that people do for each other. We really shouldn’t. There are still a lot of nice people in the world who are willing to help others and donate some of their time in doing so.