Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Coleman Never Met a Stranger

You see someone on the side of the road with a flat tire. A stranger in a store needs some help lifting a heavy item. Someone you've never met in person doesn't know what html is. What would you do?

If you're Coleman, you help. No questions, no doubt, no second thoughts. Everyone is a neighbor, friend, an equal. Coleman's heart is so big sometimes you wonder if he takes on all the burdens of the world. Maybe that's whay his body aches or his head hurts. But he keeps on plugging along.

Self-taught in computers and technology he's always there for someone just starting out or who has a question. Taught by his family to love the land, gardening, planting, his flowers and vegetables are well known not only in his town but online as well. He also shares his pickled veggies as gifts to DOUA members. Coleman also knows respect and care for everyone, people and animals. He'll go into a store for something. Tell his wife he'll be out in 5 minutes, but will start talking with "a friend he's never met" and be in there for 20 minutes.

His family is so very important to him too. He was raised right for sure. The love and care he has for his wife, children and the rest of his family is obvious in how he writes and talks about them, in how he puts them first and in how he can't stand to see or know of other families not getting along.

DOUA is a better place having Coleman as a mentor and a friend. He was never a stranger to us either!