Jerrod Ebert and Kevin Schultz are city workers in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. One winter, they were tasked with the thankless job of tending to Lakeside Park—a location that remains consistently empty during the freezing temperatures.
Or so they thought.
The workers began to notice that someone was walking through the park every day—always down the same walkway, to the same park bench.
They were confused—why would anyone insist on visiting this desolate park, let alone as a daily routine?
“For most people it’s a path to nowhere,” Ebert told CBS Sunday Morning.
“It’s a path to somewhere for one person.”
So one day they followed the man—and they were touched by the explanation.
They watched an older man get out of his car and make his daily trek through the snow to his usual bench. They watched him place something on it.
When they looked, they discovered that he had placed a daisy.
The bench was dedicated to the man’s late wife.
The man was Bud Caldwell, who in 2013 lost his wife, Betty, after 55 loving years of marriage.
Grieving after her death, he found a beautiful way to keep paying tribute to her. He remembered that she always loved the song “Daisy a Day.”
So when the bench was dedicated in her honor, he decided to pay his respects by delivering a “daisy a day” to the memorial—a commitment he’s kept as often as he can, no matter what the weather has in store for him.
The songs lyrics, which Bud knows by heart and loves to sing, seem to be about him.
For he feels all her love walkin’ with him
And he smiles at the things she might say
Then the old man walks up to the hilltop
And gives her a daisy a day
I’ll give you a daisy a day, dear
I’ll give you a daisy a day
I’ll love you until the rivers run still
And the four winds we know blow away
Ebert and Schultz were heartbroken when they realized the man’s story.
“It took us both back a little bit thinking, my gosh, his devotion is that strong that he still comes when he can’t make it to the bench even,” Ebert told CBS.
So they decided to help him out—and went above and beyond their duties.
They decided to keep the walkway shoveled for him.
It clearly wasn’t part of their normal winter routine. After all, generally no one used that sidewalk for a few more months.
But they decided to break out the shovels anyway, even if it was just for one person. They said it was just something they knew they had to do.
“We were just doing what we felt was our job,” Ebert explained to CBS.
“Some intuition, be it divine or otherwise says this is why you’re here—to help one another.”
Bud didn’t know anyone had noticed his visits. So one morning, when he pulled up at the park, he was shocked to find the walkway cleared.
“One day I pulled up there and there’s the walk shoveled,” Bud told CBS.
“My knees about buckled on me.”
The park workers kept up the shoveling throughout the winter. The random act of kindness let Bud easily keep up his daisy delivery—a ritual that gives him a chance to keep in touch with his wife from beyond.
“See, you tomorrow, munchkin,” Bud is heard saying after one visit, singing his wife’s favorite song to himself.