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A very different take on WalMart

Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Siler City, NC - On December 23rd, three years ago, we buried our 35 year old son, Jesse, a resident of Silk Hope, at the little community cemetery on 64, just outside of Siler City. At the time, we were visitors from Virginia, grief-stricken, but still needing some Christmas presents for his children and our other grandchildren in Durham.

The Wal Mart is nearby.

I have never been a Wal Mart fan, and the last place I ever thought I'd be two days before Christmas, much less after burying my beloved son, was in such a place. Our hearts heavy, but determined to make a few purchases and get out of there ASAP, my husband and I proceeded in.

We found what we needed, but even more, we found a place filled with happy people of many different origins, individuals and families, everyone being kind, caring and thoughtful - including the clerks. I felt as if I were in a cross-section of the best of humanity. My son loved people in general, and also learning about other cultures. Despite our loss, somehow we found the spirit of Jesse there, and the Spirit of love still alive. Most people were there because it was nearby, inexpensive, and held a great variety of merchandise. We took away, not only our packages, but a little bit of hope that our grief was not the only thing left to us.

We now live in Chatham County, and know why Jesse loved it so much.

Blessings to all people, in the memory of my son, Jesse David Zinn

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