Uncelebrated Acts

This week, the news of a college teammate’s passing hit me hard. We hadn’t stayed close, but his death stirred a well of forgotten emotions and fond memories. When a sportswriter contacted me for a piece on him, I felt a pang of inadequacy. Fifty years had eroded the specifics, leaving only a warmth of sentiment.

William Wordsworth wrote, “The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” It became heartbreakingly clear in that moment. My friend may have been a sports hero, a part of epic victories, but what lingered across the decades were the quiet, uncelebrated acts of kindness that defined him.


About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


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