“My heart just fills up and stuff,” said a teary-eyed Dukes, who officially moved in with her children during the last week of December. “Um … I’m just really happy.” After considering several local facilities through which to find a family, Tolbert settled on Alexandria House after learning of its mission and being impressed with some of the added services its counselors provide for their clients.
Meanwhile, Marie Tolbert has come to expect no less acts of humanity on the part of her only son. “He is so giving, and he’s always been that way,” she said. Again, Tolbert reserves and steers all praise in the direction of his father, Jimmy, who now suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and resides in a nearby nursing home.
No doubt, however, Jimmy Tolbert would be moved to know his son still carries with him some of the most germane and valuable life lessons he ever strived to share with him.
“I think if we can share more stories about people doing nice things for other people, and fewer stories about people doing horrible things to other people, that’s a better world,” said Tolbert, who also recently began studying Tibetan Buddhism.
“A big fundamental concept of Buddhism is creating karma by doing good,” he said. Clearly, that’s not just a theory in the world of Tony Tolbert. No question, he’s internalized and taken all the principles to heart.
Glenn Minnis is a NYC-based sports and culture writer. Follow him on Twitter at @glennnyc.