We are still without electricity this morning, but happily, we are not without friends. Yesterday, I was bemoaning the fate of my two freezers (and their contents) to our neighbor down the street. Not 5 minutes later, this dear man appeared on my doorstep with a little red wagon to offload the entire contents of both freezers into a great big one in his garage. It took a couple of trips to get it all (lots of food dollars saved), and I could have hugged him! In fact, I kinda did...from the side, so as not to make him too uncomfortable.
As he left, I said, "Thank you so much. You are such a good friend." His reply? "No, just an appreciative one." To which I replied, "Appreciative?! That's what I am!!" (We could have gone on to a one-upsmanship battle of appreciation at this point, but my good neighbor and ex-bishop, in his superior wisdom, didn't play.) Instead, he just smiled at me fondly and walked away, his wagon full of all the meat and vegetables and frozen confections that wouldn't have lasted through another night or day...or however long it takes for me to actually get some electricity in this joint!
Don't you love a good neighbor? I do, and he or she doesn't even have to live on your street. You see, I was also bemoaning (okay, okay, so I did a lot of whining to my friends yesterday) the impending fate (likely doom?) of a dinner party my husband, aka his bishopness, had planned tonight to welcome all of the new move-ins to the singles ward. "What am I going to do?" I wailed. I have no fridge, no freezer no oven, and no lights!" After giving some consideration to a spooky night of pizza and candlelight, the fatal flaw in this plan occurred to me...How do young people get acquainted when they can't even see each other? They could meet the loves of their lives and not even recognize them on Sunday!
I'll bet you can guess the punchline here. Right. The dinner party has been offloaded as well, to another good "neighbor" who lives in the community next to mine. She has it all––fridge, freezer, oven, lights, and a generous heart willing to accommodate not only my needs but a houseful of young adults for dinner.
When I thanked her profusely, she assured me it was no trouble at all because she was already hosting her own ward's party this Saturday! I responded that perhaps we should try to get something going for her on Friday night as well, so she could have parties three evenings in a row. She laughed...appreciatively...an indisputable evidence of her inherent good nature that I, in turn, greatly appreciated. (I did manage to avoid the appreciation one-upsmanship battle this time, though.) I'm a fast learner.
Don't you love a good neighbor? I surely do!
PS. Pacific Gas and Electric Company - NOT a good neighbor. =(
PPS. All of you, my blogging friends - VERY good neighbors. =)
PPPS. This time around, I am blogging from the parking lot at Starbucks. Yep, I've discovered that I can take advantage of their wi-fi from the comfort of my own car! (Don't worry...I bought a banana from them to make it all kosher.)