Happy to see you back visiting “Feel Good Friday!” I can’t believe that this is the seventh week of this series. Where does the time go? This week I have featured two contributors who I ‘met’ soon after joining AC. Their stories of helping out neighbors are caring acts of goodness. I hope these stories make you feel good today.
I ‘met’ AC Contributor Ranee Wright soon after she started writing in September 2009. I have enjoyed her articles so much. She shares this story with us.
“We lost power for almost 12 hours this winter on a super cold night. One of my neighbors is an older gentleman (70ish) that lives alone with no family in the area. I knew he had electric heat with no alternate heating source so I invited him to my house because I have a wood stove. He did not take me up on the offer but expressed his gratitude.”
Ranee’s other story of goodness involving another neighbor acquaintance can be found in her article “What Victims of Abuse Need.”
AC Contributor Pattie Byrd has written for AC since March 2009. When I first started writing on AC Pattie answered lots of my questions and helped me out which means a lot to me. She shares this story of something that happened to her years ago but is still remembered by the person she helped.
“The hubby and I were walking out of the local hospital recently where we had been visiting a friend. As we were crossing the parking lot, a lady I didn’t recognize immediately stopped me. We all know my problem with names and faces, so it didn’t surprise me when she recognized me.
She said, “You don’t remember me, do you?” When I apologized and said I didn’t, she reminded me that she had once lived next door to me when I was first married. She said to me, “I’ll never forget you.” I thought oh, no, what did I say or do to warrant such a strong feeling.
The lady had knocked on my door one afternoon, and when I answered, she told me who she was and asked if I could help her. My new neighbor had just moved into her home recently, and this was my first encounter with her. Her baby had become ill and her husband had their car at work. Living in the country, I knew there was no way to get a pharmacy to deliver medicine, so I told her I’d take her, which I did. In fact, she didn’t have quite enough money for the medicine, so I gave her what she needed, although I knew it would be a tight squeeze until payday. I figured her baby needed it worse that I did. We moved not long after that event, and I never saw the lady again.
As she told me this story all these years later, she gave me a big hug and said, “I’ll never forget what you did for me and my child.”
As we were walking across the parking lot, my husband looked at me and said, “You don’t remember that, do you?” I shook my head. He said, “It sounds just like something you would do.”
In a world where it’s so easy to become cynical, it’s often easier to turn a deaf ear to those that need us, but it’s moments like this one that make me glad I’m still foolish enough to think a little kindness goes a long way.”
I hope this “Feel Good Friday!” put a smile on your face! If you’d like to share a story of goodness, don’t be shy…just let me know.
Remember this quote of unknown origin: “Good, better, best; never rest ’til ‘good’ be ‘better’ and ‘better’ ‘best.’