(This true parable of life in our town was written by Sarah Nash and edited by Patch.)
Father's Day could have been a disappointment for one San Leandro dad but instead it turned out to be a testimony to the character of our community.
Sarah Nash and Bob Heubel were on their way to their son's end-of-season baseball team picnic on Sunday when they stopped at the 7-11 on Davis Street.
Sometime later, during the parents vs. kids game, Bob realized he was missing his wallet.
They had the kids sweep the field with the promise of ice cream if they found it.
Meanwhile, Bob returned to the 7-11 in the unlikely hope of finding it there.
Again, no luck.
Bob then went home to cancel some of his credit cards. In the process, he learned that none had been charged. That was a glimmer of hope that a good person had rescued the wallet.
Bob then returned to catch the rest of the picnic, a memorable event that allowed parents and players to thank the dedicated Floresta League coaches.
After the family returned home from the event, Bob got on the phone with his own dad, lamenting his wallet experience and lost hope in humanity.
But for some reason, after hanging up, Bob checked the mail box.
On a Sunday.
Lo and behold: a Good Samaritan had dropped his wallet in the mail slot, all cash and items intact.
Someone in San Leandro knew and cared what the family was going through and did exactly the right thing.
If you're reading this, Mr. or Ms. Samaritan, please know that your neighbors in San Leandro recognize your good will and thank you!