Duchild no Grinch, has sympathy for less fortunate, reader concludes

To the editor:

This is a reply to the letter headlined “Duchild sounds like ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas'” by Joy Chesnut in the Jan. 5 edition of the Call.

“The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” was one of my favorite Christmas TV specials. I loved the narration by Boris Karloff, and I liked how the Grinch got to carve the roast beast. But in this case, I believe the analogy is incorrect. I read the letter by Martha Duchild and concluded she is no Grinch. It sounds like she has sympathy for the less fortunate, which is the focus of St. Vincent de Paul.

The Grinch, in contrast, is concerned only with himself, and is totally focused on stealing all the Whos’ presents and selling them so he can finance the construction of a huge shopping mall on top of Who mountain, where he can charge the Whos high prices for the privilege of shopping there. But then he meets the little girl, Cindy Lou Who, who convinces him to scrap his plans and open a Goodwill store instead. I hope I’m remembering the story right.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it.

Michael Nolan