I think we can all agree that this year has been full of challenges. We are learning to seclude ourselves at home, self-quarantine style. The coronavirus has hit us hard and is not showing any signs of easing off at all. Then Memorial Day rolls around and an incident of police brutality turns our country into a melting pot of rage. There is a gentleman in our community that chases away hate with a single wave and a warm smile. Those who have been lucky enough to have had a "rotten day suddenly erased" by a charming, sincere 93-year-old Leo Friez know exactly what I am writing about. Leo was married to his wife Dorothy just shy of 54 years. There aren't a whole lot of people that can relate to such a long loving relationship, spending millions of special moments together. When two lives become one, it can be demoralizing.

The world becomes even darker when you are by yourself, spending his life now without his soulmate, he decided to combat against being lonely. Bismarck has become much brighter not that Leo is out and about on his evening walk - remembering his youth on the farm when neighbors waved at each other, keep your eyes open when you are driving a section on north 19th street. Take your time, take your foot off the gas pedal, and wave back at Leo. His smile will stay with you for quite some time. The best part of this whole story, this wonderful soul loves being a humble spirit of goodwill. Thank you, Leo. For more on this story click here.


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