Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 27, 2012

Hard-learned Christmas lesson was a great gift

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We got presents that night and again the next morning but no blue jacket appeared. I was heartbroken.

We went back to school a few days later. At recess I spotted a flash of bright blue across the playground.

A smaller, skinny kid from the poorest family in town came running over to me.

He was wearing a blue cotton sateen UK jacket that was about three sizes too big but his smile was ear to ear.

“Thanks, Keith, I really like my jacket. It’s the best Christmas present ever.”

And thank you, mom, for teaching me that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Keith Kappes is a columnist for The Morehead (Ky.) News. Contact him at kkappes@cnhi.com.

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