emma goes the extra mile

Dear Ann, I know you don't do this sort of thing, but I hope you will print my letter. It is the only way to get my message to this woman. All I know about her is that her name is Emma Smith and she is a schoolteacher in Burlington, Vt. She and her husband have two grown children. Please print this she can see it in your column.

Dear Emma: Several weeks ago, I was traveling with my two daughters, ages 4 1/2 years and 3 months, from Burlington back to my home in Atlanta. We said goodbye to my mother, whom we were visiting, and she returned to her house in Peru, N.Y., about a half-hour . After I got myself and the children on the plane, the announcement came, "This flight has been canceled.“

There I was, at the Burlington airport with two small, increasingly distressed children, a 50-pound suitcase, a 10-pound diaper bag and extremely limited financial .

You and your son to be traveling on the same plane. You helped me think through various and waited with us while I gathered my suitcase (thank God for your tall, strong son), and then you drove us to the ferry that would take us to Plattsburgh, N.Y., just a short trip to my mom's house.

This was truly above and beyond the of a good neighbor. You went the extra mile -- actually, several miles -- out of your way to that we had a place to stay. Someday, when my children are grown and I see a young mother in trouble, I will remember you, Emma, and the favor on. Jackie Parks, Alpharetta, Ga.


I hope Emma sees this. If you do, dear lady, let me know. Jackie will be .