Jan. 13, 2005 8:25 a.m.
New York City

The line in Tiffany's was not long, but it was slow. Women with no jobs were buying chachka and taking their time to explain just where the initials should go. There was no rush, and the gifts would last forever.

I was there to buy a spoon, a silver spoon, a Peretti silver spoon. The mother made things a lot easier by telling me. I had a coat on, a bag on my arm, I was hot, and someone was text messaging me on a phone. It was beeping in my right pocket alongside my keys, but I did not have a free arm. Besides, it was a text.

The saleswoman apologized with a smile for the wait and got no smile in reply. She put the spoon into a slim felt folder then put the folder into a slim box then tied the ribbon with care.

"Beautiful," I said.

This made her feel better. She apologized again about the wait. The slim spoon in the folder in the box now went into a small shopping bag with two ropes. It was light and airy. It felt good to lift.

Cold snowy rain outside. On the corner a man or woman squatted on the wet pavement with a coffee cup extended up. I raised the bag up a couple of inches over his or her head as I went by.

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I hope someday one of my nephews takes the time to visit. How sweet that she watches FOX to keep up with you.......we do too. I am sure that she is proud of you......we are too. Keep up the good work and take care of yourself.

Kathryn and Tom
Livonia, MI


Good of you to get back to your roots every once in a while. That's what I like about FOX News -- you guys are real, unlike others!

Keep up the good work, and please wish your Aunt a good year from us here in Texas.

— Sheila (Gilmer, TX)


I can't tell you how I enjoyed the story of your visit with your aunt. It is so nice to be able to read a well written narrative that displays no axe to grind; no political content, no rancor, no suspense. In fact, no climax and no denouement. Just a nice story. Thank you.

Maybe I'm becoming a geezer in my old age.

Richard (vintage 1928)
Vienna, Virginia


Hey Steve,

I've been watching you since 9-11 and admiring you in every country and every situation you have been in. You are as we would say in Texas "somethin' else." I admire your work, your attitude, your kindness. You're one of the absolute best! Be safe, be happy, and know that you are a hero to many viewers.

— Maryanne (Houston, TX)


Hey Steve,

Glad you got a rest from the action in Iraq. But I missed your blog just the same. Anyway Welcome back brother. I know your compassion and patience must have grown some from your experiences in Iraq. It shows in Homeward Bound. You must have assessed what is really important in life. I admire you very much both as a human being and as a writer.

— LuciAlexandra Lee (Davis, CA)

Steve,

I hope when I enter a nursing home (not too long from now!!!) that someone as nice as you will visit!

Faye Crabb in Pensacola


Your work brings joy to many peoples lives, but its nice to hear that you still make time for family. You are a good egg.

— George

Steve Harrigan currently serves as a Miami-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a Moscow-based correspondent.