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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Nicest Neighbor Ever

I was taking out my garbage this morning, and my next door neighbor was outside combing his cat. Now I hardly ever get a chance to speak with my neighbors, so in passing, we exchanged greetings. On the way back I commented how it was the biggest cat I'd ever seen. We started talking after he'd told me that the cat was 35(!) pounds. I told him that that was bigger than a turkey, and he told me some of the neighbors had told him the running range of his cat was about 15 feet. We joked about it a little, and he inquired how things were going, and somehow I stated that I was finally looking for a job.

He was very nice(as he usually is) and we spoke about plans for Thanksgiving. He was telling me that he might go to a local restaurant. I told him I had no plans, and had spoke with my daughter and wasn't sure if she was looking for an invitation, or was going to invite me. He told me that his sister was visiting. We finished our conversation with discussion of how we thought each of the other of us were good neighbors. He was about to trump me on that count.

I was sitting at my computer, looking for local jobs with qualifications similar to my skill set, and heard a knock on my door, and speaking outside. I peeked out the peep-hole and it was him. I opened the door, and he was standing with his sister, she with a bottle of wine, and he with a huge box with bags on top of it. He had gone to the local grocery store and bought an entire prepared meal for 7-10 people for me, so that I could invite my daughter to Thanksgiving. I was overwhelmed with emotion, as I was not expecting such a gesture. I almost cried right there in front of him and his sister.

I have something to be thankful for, more Thanksgiving dinner than I would ever prepare and something new to be grateful for, a great neighbor.




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28 Comments:

At Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 4:01:00 PM EST, Blogger snowelf $visitorIP said...

Holy Turkey, Charles!!

That is so super nice of your neighbor!! And good luck to you in your job search too. :)

--snow

At Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 4:18:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Snow,
I am so amazed at how wonderful some people truly are. I still haven't figured out how to say "Thank You" in a way that would say it like I mean it. A simple "Thank You" just doesn't seem to say it.

Thanks for the luck, I'm going to need it. :)

At Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 8:22:00 PM EST, Blogger snowelf $visitorIP said...

I agree--thank you never feels like enough. I have a story I am going to blog about later after I finish visiting everyone's blogs :)

--snow

At Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 11:35:00 PM EST, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

I am so Glad for you & so thankful to the neighbor! That is one good neighbor.

In our region, they say that a good neighbor and sweet water ( we usually have bore wells here for water supply, & the water is quite salty( mine turned out to be sweeter)) are something which you get by sheer stroke of good luck.

I Hope you might have Sarah over to your place for a happy Thanksgiving & I hope you give and return as much love as possible to each other.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 12:32:00 AM EST, Blogger Little Wing $visitorIP said...

Bless you and your neighbor, Charles.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 7:06:00 AM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Mona,
He is certainly something I'm thankful for. I think it is a stroke of good luck to have good neighbors. Sarah is coming over, I think there's never anything we can do to let those we love know how much we really love them, especially when there's only words and hugs and the occasional things we can do. I hope your's is a good day, I know you're not celebrating Thanksgiving today, but I'll be thankful for friends like you, too.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 7:07:00 AM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Little Wing,
Thank you for your blessings. You have a Wonderful Thanksgiving, too.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 8:31:00 AM EST, Blogger Queenie $visitorIP said...

Charles, Happy Thanksgiving, it is so good to hear things like this, sort of gives you hope in mankind.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 8:35:00 AM EST, Blogger Courtland $visitorIP said...

Happy Thanksgiving bro!

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 11:52:00 AM EST, Blogger Top cat $visitorIP said...

Charles that is such a heartwarming story. For every selfish, self centered, greedy, stingy person out there, there are 10 who will give you the shirt off their back.
What a thoughtful, caring thing for your neighbor to do.
I've learned as I'm sure you have, giving is a gift in itself.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving charles and thank you for sharing this.
:)
tc

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 8:39:00 PM EST, Blogger Mike M $visitorIP said...

This, my friend, is what Thanksgiving is all about! What a great story to end this wonderful day with.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 9:44:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Queenie,

I agree, its kind of like finding Lot in the middle of Sodom, and then forgiving all for his spirit of good will. It makes you bless all.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 9:45:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Court,
Same to you, BFOM.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 9:53:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

TC,
I am so amazed at his thoughtfulness. Giving is a gift we both give and enjoy ourselves, but some seem to know it more than others. I've usually tried to give when possible, I can't say when an act of kindness has ever effected me so or in such an unexpected fashion.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 9:56:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Mike,
It made it possible to actually invite my daughter over, as I wouldn't have purchased a turkey or cooked anything. I really really enjoyed having her over and spending some time with her, it was more time than I've spent with her in a long time.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 10:11:00 PM EST, Blogger Serena Joy $visitorIP said...

That's the most heartwarming story I've heard all day. What a wonderful neighbor you have. I'm so glad you got to spend some time with your daughter, too.

At Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 11:56:00 PM EST, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

I am so glad that you could spend some good time with her.

Life should be about compassion & sharing, I firmly believe in that. Learn that lesson from Nature, from trees that shed their fruits for us, for the cows that give milk for us For the fields that provide us food & for the rivers that give us water

& their source is ever overflowing...

Take care, God Bless you.

At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 9:03:00 AM EST, Blogger Odat $visitorIP said...

Wow...How sweet and touching...Hope your thankgiving was filled with even more blessings.
Just stopped by to thank you for putting up the counter for 55 Flash Fiction...it's great!
Peace

At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 11:24:00 AM EST, Blogger lime $visitorIP said...

wow! the generosity of some people is so utterly humbling is it not?

thanks so much for sharing this.

At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 1:55:00 PM EST, Blogger Jim Jones $visitorIP said...

Charles what an awesome story! You do have a great neighbor. Now, if you can some day, pay it forward and do something like this for a soul in need!

Oh yeah, and good luck on the job search...I'm kinda good with resumes, helping with career advice, etc., so if you would like any help/advice just email me (address is on my blog profile)...

Jim

At Friday, November 23, 2007 at 7:25:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

SJ,
I certainly think he's great now. And I just thought he was a super neighbor.

Mona,
I was so glad to have her here. I like sharing, I try all the time. I guess like a tree you have to suck up some nutrients from the earth sometimes, it makes for better fruit.

Odat,
Blessings are what I got this Thanksgiving. You're welcome to the counter, I learned doing it, so we all win. Plus, I'm using it too.

Lime,
Yes, I try to be humble, but sometimes someone just shows you that keeping your head down isn't the same as being humbled.

Jim,
Its the best my memory serves me. I usually try to help those that I can, in fact I've tried to help him before, when his car got hit in the parking lot. I usually try to give more than I receive, including when I work for someone. One of the things that impressed me once reading of a very successful famous man was his advice to always give more than you bargained for. I've tried to do that ever since. I've tried to help those who need it when I could, without taking anything in return. Sometimes people are really appreciative, and some people just take advantage and will even ask for more. I try to accommodate even them. Sometimes its merely to my detriment, and then I generally walk away when they are finished taking advantage. If it was especially egregious, I may be hurt, or even bitter. But I don't usually ask for anything more than what I was supposed to get as agreed.

I appreciate the offer, its not so much the resume, or even advice, its an opening where everyone will be comfortable and satisfied that I need. Thank you.

At Saturday, November 24, 2007 at 3:10:00 PM EST, Blogger S E E Quine $visitorIP said...

` Wow!!! That's amazing!!!

At Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 8:04:00 PM EST, Blogger SignGurl $visitorIP said...

How awesome for you!

At Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 8:38:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Amazing & awesome, sums it up nicely.

At Monday, November 26, 2007 at 11:17:00 AM EST, Blogger no.good.at.coding $visitorIP said...

That was really nice of him. But I always maintain, good things happen to good people, so you surely deserve it :)

At Monday, November 26, 2007 at 1:29:00 PM EST, Blogger CS $visitorIP said...

Wow, that is a truly wonderful story!

At Monday, November 26, 2007 at 5:25:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

NGAC,
It really was very very nice of him. I've tried to be nice most of my life, but this is the first time anything like this has ever happened. I usually like to be the one giving, but this was really nice for once to be on the receiving end.

At Monday, November 26, 2007 at 7:27:00 PM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

CS,
Its really good to know such people are out there, he's lived next to me for a couple of years, and I really had no idea he could be such a great guy.

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