Day 148: Neighbourhood watch

ttcstreetcarMy good deed today was probably the tiniest, simplest thing I’ve done so far but the reaction I got really stuck with me.

As I was getting off the bus this morning, instead of just thanking the driver (which I have been trying to do if I disembark at the front door … really), for some reason, I turned and looked at him as I said, “Thank you.”

His eyes widened and he said, “You’re welcome” so warmly that it stuck with me the rest of the day. And here I thought I was the one doing the nice thing.

I came across this lovely story at a wonderful site called helpothers.org and thought I’d share it with you. It’s the kind of story that inspires me to keep on going. Hope it does the same for you.

Circle of kindness
posted by falsemonkeypuzzl

A few years ago, I met an older gentleman while I was out walking dogs. His dog was always out in his front yard so we got to know one another as I would pass by.

At the time, his wife was undergoing dialysis at the end of a lifetime of diabetes and I offered to care for his dog on the days he had to take his wife to the doctor. That became a regular thing and eventually, when his wife passed away, we had become friends.

This man had no children or close relatives and did not know his neighbours well. Consequently, the loss of his wife hit him even harder than this kind of tragedy ordinarily would have.

Since my work hours were (and are) very long, I could only spend a little time with him, so I started talking to his neighbours when I would see them out in their yards, letting them know that his wife had just died and that he was having a hard time. Within a short time, the neighbours began stopping by his house.

It is now almost 10 years later, and far from being lonely, this man’s home is now sort of a social centre of the neighborhood! A group of six women, of which I am one, banded together to be his “support group.”

Together, we have kept him going through depression, a hip replacement and several surgeries. Someone in our group calls him daily, another walks his dog when he cannot, one drives him wherever he needs to go, someone else brings him food occasionally and together we all make a huge deal out of his birthday and Christmas each year.

This group, and his other neighborhood friends, have helped keep our friend involved in life. He sends text messages to his friends on his cell phone and has just this week gotten his first computer! Our arrangement evolved easily and naturally and makes us all very happy. I wish all older people could have something like this!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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