Thanks for restoring my faith

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Last week I rode my bike home from the Catalyst school at Washington and Central, where I tutor amazing and gifted children. Once home, however, I noticed my wallet was missing from my coat pocket. Bummer! 

Catalyst is a very special school where children thrive due to an intentional culture of lovingkindness and high expectations and sustained support. Yet my missing wallet stirred up doubts. Had my wallet been stolen? 

Just three hours later, I found my wallet placed in our mailbox with a note from Derrick Breland from the Oak Park Street Department, which said, "I found your wallet under the viaduct on Humphrey. I hope I save you the trouble of replacing all our information." 

Wow! This generous act proves to me that, within the ugly cocoon of today's cultural meanness and separation, lies an emerging butterfly of kindness and a core commitment to the common good. And Mr. Breland is a striking manifestation of its unfolding. 

Derrick Breland … early nominee for Villager of the Year 2019!

John Hynes

Oak Park

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