Kremmling " Spur soup, anyone? |

Kremmling " Spur soup, anyone?

Eric Murray / Voice of Your Hospital
Kremmling, Colorado

One November, long, long ago, two cowboys rode into a small Colorado mountain community tired and hungry from the trail. They made camp in the town square, sat on a log and with nothing at all they started planning their dinner.

One of them unbuckled a spur from his boot, making a high pitched ting sound as he snapped the rowel (the sharp part) with his gloved finger.

“What the (expletive)?” the other cowboy exclaimed.

“Just you watch,” the other replied.

He hung a cast-iron pot over the fire, poured in some water and with a splash, tossed in the spur and started making soup.

The town sheriff soon took notice and approached the cowboys. “Watcha’ makin’ there boys?”

“Spur soup sir,” replied one of the cowboys. “It’s delicious. Just a few more fixins would make it perfect.”

“Well you can’t have a good soup without a carrot,” he said as he tossed the single vegetable into the pot.

As other townsfolk walked by they got curious. The cowboy would tell each of them that the soup just needed a little something and then it would be “just right.” They were welcome to have some once it was done of course. So a few more people added a little bit.

Before long the aroma started to fill people’s homes and got folks to lookin’. One by one, townsfolk started to toss in potatoes, peas, other vegetables and spices. Soon so many people gathered at town square with their fixins that the pot was bubbling over with delicious, nutritious soup.

They all lined up to fill their bowls and a party broke out around the fire and people were eatin’ and talkin’ and laughin’ and everyone was happy and well … The End.

This is my creative adaptation of the famous moral story, “Stone Soup,” designed to encourage people to join forces, give a little and benefit directly themselves while helping others at the same time.

I’m not going to tell you about how important medical care is to families in Grand County, especially in the current economic environment, (although it is very important and I did just tell you.)

I won’t mention that when some people get sick they are going to try to tough it, skip the family practice visit and then get so ill by midnight Saturday that the ER will be backlogged with non-emergent cases, driving costs.

I won’t attempt to gather public sympathy for the mom who needs to have some medical attention so she can properly take care of her new born; or the dad who needs help getting better so he can find work and bring home the bacon.

I won’t tell you of the young boy who needs some medical assistance so he can get well and go back to school. I certainly am not going to mention the story of the woman who could have had her breast cancer treated in time if only she had the funds to get an early detection mammogram.

Nope, according to the moral of this story, masses of people don’t respond to sympathy. “Surely someone else will take care of that,” they will think quietly. But people do respond to small requests when they can see the benefit to themselves as well.

So I challenge that the personal benefit to contributing a small, arbitrary amount of money to the Middle Park Medical Foundation, (which is designed to take care of these needs in addition to medical training and hospital support), is this: healthier and happier friends and neighbors.

There are more benefits to consider as well such as higher school attendance and fewer sick days at businesses and improved worker productivity. We might also get that warm fuzzy feeling that accompanies more pleasant “hellos” at the grocery store because people are generally better. Small acts of kindness that make you proud to live here in Grand County might also be considered a personal benefit.

So let’s say this: for $5.23 you can be part of the success of a healthier, happier county and feel real good about yourself.

If we multiply that by our resident population of 13,612 then we’ll have $71,190.76 for health care purposes ” that’s a pretty healthy soup.

So if you want to taste some of this delicious soup, just toss in 20 quarters, 2 dimes and 3 pennies into the cast-iron pot we’ve got stewing over a fire by mailing it to:

Middle Park Medical Foundation, Attention: “Spur Soup,” PO Box 252, Kremmling, CO 80459, or give me a call at (970) 724-3165 and I’ll come by and pick it up for you and tell you all about what we’ve got going on with the Foundation ” my horse is in the shop so I’ll be the cowboy in the blue Honda Ridgeline.

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