The area around Conroe, Texas is not known for its precipitation. Due to its dry climate, the grass often stays yellow-ish green if not brown. That was why when one family discovered vibrant green grass covering their son’s grave they were certain it was a miracle.
Little did they know, that the only thing divine about this miracle was one man’s compassion.
On August 9th, 2010, 36-year-old Joseph Anthony Villasenor was on his way to pitch for the Charleston air bases’ softball team when he died in a major car accident. He had served honorably in the US Air Force for 16 years.
His family was devastated by his loss, and they laid their son and brother to rest at Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe, Texas shortly after the accident.
New grass was put over the grave once Villasenor was buried, but the area is dry and generally grass begins to turn yellow and brown due to lack of water. His family, therefore, fully expected their son’s grave to be no different from the hundreds of others.
Yet, his grave alone was vibrantly green.
Yet when Villasenor’s family came back to pay their respects one day, they found the grass above their son’s grave a bright green they thought it was nothing short of a miracle: an angel from heaven was trying to give them a sign.
They were partly right—there was an angel with a message, but he was not from heaven.
Their angel was Texas resident, Jake Reissig. The 85-year-old man was a widower whose wife, Liz, died in 2014 after a happy 65-year-long marriage. She was laid to rest in the same cemetery as Villasenor, and every day he came to Liz’s grave and watered the grass over it to make it stand out as lush and green in a sea of brown, lifeless grass.
Jake Reissig had been tending to his wife’s grave when he saw Villasenor’s sister weeping over a grave.
One day, though, Reissig noticed a woman weeping over a grave as he finished his routine. She turned out to be Villasenor’s sister, and she explained how her brother died, his honorable service to the country, and how the family still mourned his passing.
The encounter touched Reissig. Moved by the woman’s sorrow, and Villasenor’s patriotism, Reissig resolved to honor the family’s loss the best way he could.
So, for a year and a half, when Reissig would water the grass over his late-wife’s grave, he would do the same for Villasenor. He never told the family, and for a while they did not realize what was making their son’s grave different.
Then one day, as Villasenor’s parents were visiting their son, they noticed Reissig watering his wife’s grave. They understood instantly.
Touched by this Reissig’s kindness, they approached the old man and gave him a big hug.
Even though it was a small thing, it made all the difference to the Villasenors, and his example proves that you do not need to be a superhero to make a difference in someone’s life.