About a month ago, my friend Steve Huffman of Elon wrote a column he made available to one of his former employers — the Salisbury Post. He pondered giving it to the Times-News — his hometown newspaper and anonther of his former haunts as a reporter and writer. He decided against it because the subject matter was about a slice of life he encountered here in Burlington as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He didn’t want the column to be traced back to his subject, an elderly woman. I fully understoond even though he did not use her real name.
It’s one of the most touching and poignant columns I’ve read recently and among the best Steve’s written in his very successful career. That’s saying a lot. It’s headlined, “Volunteer is Friend Indeed to 102-year-old.”
A couple of weeks after publication, he was contacted by the people who run WFDD, the Wake Forest University radio station and an affiliate for National Public Radio. They wanted Steve to come in and read the column aloud for broadcast on NPR in Winston-Salem. A week or so ago, he did.
It’s well worth listening to.