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Community: Neighbor gives lesson in love

On Monday, Feb. 3, I looked out my front window to see my neighbor walking to my door with an axe in his hand. No, I was not afraid, because my neighbor is Jim Ronhaar, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, as many of you know, and are lucky to know him.

He was coming over to chop wood for me, even though myself and his lovely wife, Ardis, asked him not to. He was stubborn and said, “Tuff, I'm going to do it!" With every hard whack of the wood, I prayed this wouldn't be his last. Saying thank you to Jim was very hard for me, because the tears were really coming and I tried to hold back. We said our goodbyes and I let out a good cry after shutting the door, but they are tears of joy and gratefulness for the act of kindness he showed me.

Jim is still not only physically strong, but strong in love and I know I have learned much from today’ love and want to share it with the rest of you and maybe we can all learn to love a little bit more, especially now, with our country going through some very difficult times.

Doing something nice for someone you love or don't even know will come back to you tenfold and will always leave you feeling better about yourself not to mention the person's life you have touched. Thank you Jim, you are truly loved by this neighbor.

Kim Welch

Oak Harbor

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