Now I remember why I love what I do. Every once in awhile a reporter meets someone with a story so inspiring, so visceral, that it reminds them why they chose this profession in the first place. This past week I had one of these experiences.
I was notified by the Warren/Hamilton County Office of the Aging that they were doing the yearly Mayors for Meals program, where mayors and supervisors deliver food to the elderly and the needy.
I had a choice of several communities to pick from, and since I hadn't ventured much into Long Lake, that's where I went.
It was raining, the clouds hung heavy in the sky and I had my hands full just keeping my camera dry, waiting for that perfect shot of Long Lake Supervisor Gregg Wallace distributing food at someone's doorstep.
Myself and the supervisor waited for a few minutes and soon a small, blue SUV pulled into the parking lot of the meal site. Out sprang a man, who I assumed had to be in his eighties.
He came up to me and introduced himself.
"Hey there, I am George Green - glad to meet you," he said to me as he vigorously shook my hand.
The fact that this man who was well over the Meals on Wheels threshold of 65 was distributing food struck me as an interesting side-note, but I thought little of it.
Wallace and Green loaded the meals destined for delivery into the back of the SUV and we all piled in.
Its a good thing my intuition drove me to probe George further.
"So how long have you been delivering meals George," I queried.
"I don't know, maybe 20 years," he responded.
That's when Supervisor Wallace chimed in, stating the George was being modest and he had actually been doing this for over 25 years. With just a little more prodding I learned that George was only a week shy of his 83rd birthday.