The old man was gone now. But, he left behind a mystery. When they cleaned out his house there was a closet-full of paper towels.
Why would one old man need all those paper towels?
It really wasn’t a mystery to those who knew him.
He liked to go to the grocery and just slowly push a cart up and down the isles … browsing, exchanging greetings with other customers and chatting with employees, who all recognized him as a “regular.”
And if he didn’t need anything, he certainly didn’t feel right not buying something, so he would buy a roll of paper towels.
The cost of a roll of paper towels … a cheap price to pay for some greetings, shared smiles and a few chats, for an old man who was a little less lonely each time he came home with another roll of paper towels.
Based on a friend’s story about her father.