Card of the Month (July 2013)
"I never met a person I didn't like, (tori Hartman) "
How do you handle people who aren’t like you?
Who have a somewhat different set of values?
Who, said differently, even seem a little bit odd?
The character of Charmaine chartreuse, though she was labeled the "odd" one out, was a naturally curious and friendly person. Whether by nature or by conscious choice, she herself was kindness personified. looking forward to her walks and talks with the people of her town, she gave no hint of being aware of the gossip going on behind her back. Why did she grow her nails so long? Why did she stand observing the activities around the fruit store without buying? What was she really doing up there alone in the Chartreuse Mansion, and why didn’t she change its color anyway?
Charmaine’s reactions showed quite the opposite tendencies. She'd ask about the sons and daughters of clerks in stores, give an extra tip to support a young person in college, and she took the time to encourage an aspiring artist when others failed to believe in his talent. Come to find out, as the townspeople did after Charmaine's death, that
she was even working hard to preserve their stories by creating some pretty wonderful pictures.
And she left her home, the Chartreuse Mansion, to the local historical society. Hmm, so how do you deal with people who aren’t like you? Who have a somewhat different set of values? Who, said differently, even seem a little bit odd?
The story of Charmaine Chartreuse serves as a sweet reminder that taking a chance on someone who you might at first tend to judge a little harshly might prove surprisingly rewarding. You never do know what you might learn, and a little more kindness to others might even teach you to be a little less judgmental towards