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A Good Deed in My Time of Need

--by Tigerlily, posted Nov 16, 2008

One of the trials of being left behind at the closure of a relationship is all the things that are Left Behind.  Things that must be taken care of  by one or the other of the parties.  In my case,  I would be the one who has to take care of all the things that must be taken care of.  There was no diplomatic division of responsibility -- only me by myself suddenly.

I have a  few acres of land a couple of counties away on which I have a minature horse, which Rob so sweetly purchased for my daughter a couple of years ago and which he has now left for me to tend to by myself.    The snow was very bad last week.  Very bad.  And the neighbors' fullsize horses had torn down my little horse's pen and he was running with them.  I couldn't get my vehicle up the road and needed to feed the horses (all of them to make sure mine was fed.)   I just couldn't get there. 

I had picked up a load of hay from the barn, but it was impossible for me to accomplish this without carrying bales one by one up the road.  What a nightmare that would have been.  So, I did the only logical thing that any woman in my spot would do.   I cried.  And then I cried some more and then I cried again. 

Suddenly,  the name of somebody I knew casually came to mind.  And I thought,  "How weird would it be for me to show up at that house and just ask for help?"  I really had nothing to lose.  So, I went to the house and (remember I'm crying) and I started telling him my story.  He said, "You'll be okay.  Don't worry, we're going to take care of this right now."    

We loaded the hay from my vehicle into the back of his 4-wheel-drive truck.  He drove me where I needed to go, helped me feed the horses and catch the little one and put the big ones out.   How amazing.   I asked him how I could repay him, he said, "Just a 'hank you' is all I require."     He was such a blessing to me.   Priceless.   

Some good deeds return in your own time of need. 

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Readers Comments

lovebug wrote: A really great story, i did love the ending. God does always offer us his help, but sometimes we do need to ask.
merv wrote: So...Make him cookies. Nothing fancy, chocolate chip or peanut butter would be good. Whether or not he's Mr Right, he'll know why and appreciate it!

JuneBug wrote: Ah, Tigerlily! I don't have to tell you God put that person in your head. He knows there are some things a female wasn't built to do. Maybe you can repay him with homemade cookies in the mailbox or something like that. OR just accept his request for a simple thank you. We all need help from time to time...Hang in there, sweetie! :}
wayfarer wrote: There's a kind of man who thinks nothing of BEING a man, and to a guy like that, the fact that you thought to ask him is really all he needs.
But cookies are always welcome!!!!!!!!!
falsemonkeypuzzl wrote: Another opportunity to pay-it-forward! :-)
MakeSomeoneSmile wrote: That is great that he helped you out Tigerlily. God puts everyone in our life for a reason, even if we don't always know what it is. I guess you found at least one reason this friend is there! Take care!
AURELIA wrote: What a beautiful ending to an almost disasterous day!!!! I am so happy that you were able to think clearly enough to get the help you needed. God has a plan...we just don't always know where He's coming from with it. :0) ~Aurelia
JuneBug wrote: h-m-m-m-m

H-m-m-m-m! Whose to say? Maybe HE is mr.Right?????? :}

lmil1954 wrote: Hey tiger, JuneBug is too funny! Im so glad to have read this post today. You have many angels, as you are one as well! Love ya! Linda

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