Bringing Back Neighbourly Kindness
--by wayfarer, posted May 7, 2009
My 25 year old daughter moved house yesterday. It wasn't a big move. Just around the corner, in fact. But she was moving from a flat to a house with a little garden so her son would have space to play. The distance was probably too short to justify hiring a removals company, but it was long enough to make carrying all the stuff a real pain.
But we didn't have to. A neighbour offered the use of her Transit van. She reversed it up to my daughter's front door, then went home while we loaded it up. Then she came out, drove it to the new house and walked back home for a cuppa tea while we unloaded. Then she did it again. And again.
All offers of payment or petrol money was waved aside. My daughter got her a big bunch of flowers later as a thank you.
Before I left, I stopped by the woman's house, just to thank her personally for being such a help to my daughter. Because she really didn't have to help. It's not like they were such close friends or anything.
"It's what neighbours do," she said.
"It's what neighbours USED to do," I said, a little wryly.
"Well, let's bring it back then," she smiled.
Wow! I'm in ...
Wow!you are in.wayfarer