Family lured Jerrianne and her husband to South Milwaukee in 2002 from Southern California where she worked as, first, a journalist, then, as a court information officer. She now stays busy with media-relations consulting, playing with her three grandchildren (part of the lure), writing, discovering her new environs, and hoping her garden will produce before the first fall frost.
The highlight for me of last night's E.W.Luther Elementary School auction and ice cream social wasn't winning a prize--although I won two. It was learning about the 4th-grader who didn't want his little brother to be disappointed if he didn't win a prize.
The 4th grader planned ahead and made a box like the others at the auction that people put tickets in that they had bought and put their names on. No one but the 4th grader and perhaps his parents knew about the 4th grader's box, so no one could put any of their tickets in it.
Instead, he stuffed the box with tickets he made himself that had only his llittle brother's name on them. Then he had his own private drawing at the auction. A drawing that involved just him and his brother in which his brother drew the winning ticket from the box. It, of course, had his little brother's name on it. The prize was a dollar that belonged to the 4th grader that he had taken from his bank.
"I didn't want him to cry if he didn't win a prize," the 4th grader said after the auction was over. "So I made up a box just for him to make sure he did win one."
Even more endearing than the smile on his face that reflected knowing he had made his little brother happy, was that fact that he never mentioned that he didn't win a prize himself.
Actually, though, I think he did.