She thus preserved her husband’s tradition and did not let it follow him to his grave. The workers checked the cooler and noticed that the cooler was accompanied by something unusual which happened to be a note explaining situation of things. “In case you are unaware, my husband, Charlie, leaves suddenly at age 57 on March 10th. I will do my best to continue to provide bottled water.”
Showing profound appreciation to Charlie’s wife for continuing her husband’s tradition after his loss and honoring Charlie for living a life full of generosity and compassion the workers did something special.“… I heard the unmistakable sound of the garbage truck ease to a stop and as I turned to look, I watched in awe as each man stepped off the pummel, the driver getting out to join them and in a straight line they stood together and saluted our home and me.
As is happening at this very moment, my eyes filled with tears and my body began to tremble as one by one they each came up to me, grasped my hand, gave me a hug and told me how very sorry they were and that no one had ever shown them the thoughtfulness and appreciation my husband had and then slowly, one by one, they each took a water bottle or two, climbed back up on the truck and gave a loud beep as they drove off.
”Others across the country have also followed Charlie’s footstep and established their own concept of giving free water to workers. Charlie must be smiling in his grave now.
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