I was thinking of my neighbor today. Being on the corner here, I have lots of neighbors. They come in and tell me about their happiness and their woes. They wish me a good day. They even tell me they love me. I wonder what I do for them? I listen, hold their hand when they need it, I even help sometimes if I can. But what do you think we could all do for our neighbor? I know our lives become so busy and full. No time to stop, no energy to “do”, no positive energy to share sometimes. But if your neighbor was hungry, wouldn’t you send over a plate to share? Or if you knew your neighbor was cold, wouldn’t you send over some wood for their fireplace if you had some extra?
Now I am not talking about going over your budget or breaking the bank. Just a little thinking to show you care. I would and sometimes I do. I know you would too. But what if you didn’t know? and then someone told you about their needs after it was too late? What is the first thing you say? The same thing I do. If I had known…..
Well maybe now is a good time to know? What if you knew Seashore Family Literacy Center and the Joseph Project were looking for ways to increase their budget for their summer meals program? or that they are going to create a summer garden to grow vegetables to teach our children how to grow them and cook them? Would you maybe stop by their office with a couple of extra dollars? or drop off a gift card you bought at Ray’s? What if you knew they could use a contact for firewood for the winter? would you let them know you have extra and would be happy to share some? Sure you would. I know I would.
We have a donation bowl at our shop for their cause. Lots of people and locations throughout Waldport and Yachats do something for them. But I think being aware of the need is more powerful than the donation locations or word of mouth requests. Senitlia has retired (or so she thinks ha-ha!) but she worries everyday about her neighbor. There is no retirement from that. We go on vacation, or to work, or to the valley and go on about our business. But we forget our neighbor still needs our help. The good book says to love thy neighbor. Our neighbor loves her neighbor. We should too.
I guess this article is just asking for your consideration on the matter. Not for donations, not for your time. Just asking you to think about it and if their is something you can do, then maybe do it? My neighbors have been awfully good to me. Without my Waldport neighbors we would not have made it through the winter in our new store. And I am grateful for each and every one of them. He is my neighbor. She is my neighbor. Won’t you be my neighbor? Oops went too far perhaps….. or maybe not. Let’s see what we can do for our neighbor.
Senitila is going to be mad at me for writing this. She is our Mawm ( yep the W is for Waldport) and if mawma ain’t happy, no one is happy, right? I love you Mawm. This is for you, for all of your time and worrying and thinking about our neighbors. It is time we all pitch in and help our neighbors. It’s too much work for one woman or one group. Will you join me?
Anyway that’s what I see from my little corner of the world.
The Chocolate Frog