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Golden rule shines in Auburn home

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I have only been moved to write to the newspaper once before, but it seems that circumstance has moved me to do so again. I am tired. I work 50- to 60-plus hour weeks, have a new child about to turn 1, and a commute that varies from an hour to an hour and a half, depending on number of accidents encountered upon the way. Last night (the night of Feb. 1), my son was having trouble getting to sleep because of teething and my wife was exasperated, so I took over. I didn’t get to bed until 10:45 p.m. and the alarm is set for 5:55 a.m. and this is about the norm for me on a weekday. My wife knows I need my sleep to be able to make it through the week so she mostly gets up for issues with our baby during the night. Around 11:45 p.m. she woke me up. I was confused from lack of sleep, but what I did remember was that she needed to find our gas can for some reason, and as I faded back to sleep I could hear voices in the living room. This morning, around 1:45 a.m., she woke me while coming back to bed after helping our child get back to sleep, and I asked her what had happened earlier. Two strangers had come to our North Auburn home, wanting to use a phone, and needing fuel for their stalled vehicle. We live about a quarter-mile from the main drag of Highway 49, so I am assuming they saw our light on and came in search of assistance. She said they smelt a bit off, and that their reasons for needing gas seemed to change. And she felt uncomfortable having them in the house, so she just gave them our gas can with about 2 and a half gallons in it, and asked them to leave it back at our garage when they got running again. I don’t know if their story was true. I don’t know if my wife barely avoided a home invasion, or if they did in fact steal items from our home office, or living room. What I do know is that my wife took in two people from the cold, let them use her cell phone to call whatever, and gave them what they needed to get back on the road. But they did not bring back our gas can. What bothers me is that she was the perfect Samaritan and these people could not be bothered to reciprocate common courtesy. But I wanted to say that if it comes up again, I will not be jaded. On my way home today, I am going to buy another gas can, because I can, and fill it, because I work that 50- to 60-hour week so that my family does not have to wonder how we will manage to fill up the tank. And I feel sorry for the people that do. And even more sorry for those who cannot do unto others as they would have done unto them. James Laiosa, Auburn