The one TV show that I almost never miss is CBS Sunday Morning. Mostly because I like to know what’s going on in the world, but I don’t like the dark feeling that you’re left with after watching the regular evening news, and definitely not the hopelessness that you get from cable news. And there are two parts of that weekly show that I look forward to the most. One is the very end of the show when they do the “moment of nature,” which is just what it sounds like, with no human involvement whatsoever, except the guy recording it on the camera. And the second thing is the weekly “good” story by Steve Hartman.
Steve Hartman might have the best gig in all of television. He gets to tell stories, but they’re always stories that make you feel better after seeing them. Here are just four examples. Just watch them, trust me. These stories are going to “get you.”
Tribute to His Dad
Out of all the Steve Hartman stories I’ve seen over the years, this one remains my favorite. Just a simple tribute to his father, who was the typical dad. I mean, the typical dad that you would want to have. Reminds me of my own dad in many ways.
The Philly Cheesesteak Guy
A lot of times when we watch a Steve Hartman story, I’ll turn to Jodi at the end and say, “Now that’s a good person.” This is definitely one of those stories when that happened.
The Garden Fairy
This is one of those stories that reminds you that you don’t have to do anything other-worldly and over-the-top to make a difference in someone’s life. A lot of times, it’s so simple that you wonder why we all don’t do it more often. And it’s always fun when a little kid is part of the story, because they still have that innocence and trust in others that too easily seems to go away with age.
The 97-Year-Old Bag Boy
I love this guy. “You can’t just stand around like an idiot. You have to find a reason to keep alive.” Nuff said.