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Monday, September 10, 2007

Fun Monday # 10 - Good Deeds

The host this week is Nikki and her assignment is:

We've seen your shelves, peeked inside your cabinets, looked at what your house looks like in both the summer and winter, viewed at some of our handmade pieces and even talked about our best friends. Now it's time we do something. Have you ever had someone out of the goodness of their heart do something for you without anything asked in return? Offered you money when you needed it the most? Helped you change a flat tire in the pouring rain or even just simply held the door open for you when you had your hands full? For Monday, September 10th, we are challenged with doing a good deed. I am not looking for a story of when you have offered your help in the past, I actually want you in the next two weeks to go out and help someone. Go visit a nursing home, cook dinner for someone sick or with a new baby, donate to a charity or even send just a "thinking of you card" to someone who needs it. It doesn't matter what your good deed is, or how great it is. It just needs to help someone!

I didn't go out of my way to do a special deed in the past two weeks - these are just things that I normally do (but they did take place during this time span).

First: my lawn mower decided to die on me, so I borrowed my neighbor's. Since I was out there cutting my grass ... I cut hers too! I have done this in the past with my own lawn mower ...I figure, what the hell? Why should two people get hot and sweaty when only one has too ! We live in townhouses, and hers is an interior unit so her lawn isn't that large - I just pretend that it is a part of mine and go for it.

Second: On Labor Day, I made the trek up the road and stuck out my arm to donate blood. It took 3 hours because there were so many donors, but I hung around until it was my turn and gave my 51st pint. If you have read any of my past posts, you would see that I donate on a regular basis, so this good deed is routine for me.

Thirdly: I have an elderly neighbor that walks across the street over to my porch with her little dog EACH.AND.EVERY.SINGLE.EVENING, just to chat for a few minutes. She never has much to say ... usually she just complains about something in the neighborhood (she is at home all day). I dread the doorbell - Ding Dong, Ding Dong - she always rings it twice, but go out and sit with her anyways. It keeps me from doing the little things that I need to do when I get home from work - but what is a few minutes if it makes her happy? I only hope that when I get old and lonely, someone will take the time to do the same for me.

Lastly (for this little exercise): I ordered something on-line for my youngest sister - Just because I COULD !

Because WE ALL are such nice people, stop by and visit Antics of a Crazy Mom to see all of the good deeds we have done in the past few weeks.

16 comments:

CPA Mom said...

good for you! I need to give blood...I'm O- and they want my blood!

p.s. your link at the end just links back to you.

Joy T. said...

I've had a neighbour come over and mow my 3 acres before and it's the greatest feeling. Big or small it's work and if someone else is nice enough to do it, then that makes them great people in my eyes!

lisa's chaos said...

I think it's great that you take that time to talk or listen to your neighbor. I'm sure it means a lot to her. I have a soft spot in my heart for elderly people and love to help them. Like you, I just hope someone is there for me when I'm old.

ChrisB said...

I'm impressed with the amount of blood you have given. Sometimes giving our time (which is very precious) is the ultimate act of kindness and the daily chat with your neighbour is probably the highlight of her day.

Shari said...

1) I wish you were my neighbor! LOL 2) You seem very generous and giving. Too few of you in this world... I haven't been able to give blood for the last year because apparently there is a waiting period after you've visited Mayan ruins. Wish I had known of the 'threat' before I went to them... I'm O negative everyone can use my blood.

The Ex said...

That's really nice to mow her lawn! Happy Fun Monday!

Rachel said...

How sweet you are to your neighbors!! You probably make that woman's day just having that short chat with her.

Amy W said...

Hey, I donated too!!

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

That is so thoughtful to mow the yard & I love that you talk to the little old lady. So sweet.

BS said...

Thanks CPA Mom - I fixed it !!

Tiggerlane said...

That listening when we REALLY don't want to is one I have to work on. I love the mowing idea - won't you be my neighbor? I'm buying a lawn tractor, and own 2.5 acres...

dawn said...

Those are good deeds. I especially admire the visit with the senior. I try to do that too, because one day I will be old and annoying. Don't listen to my kids, they say I am already there. At least they are getting practice.

susan said...

I'm so glad you take the few minutes to chat with your neighbor. I'm betting it means the world to her.

Pamela said...

sitting and talking with your neighbor when you know things are waiting to be done means you are a saint.

That is the the most difficult thing to do, and probably the one that needs most to be done.

SJ said...

You ordered something for me! What is it? I can't wait to find out....

Hawaii is finally here. I am going to try and catch you before I leave, but if not, I'll talk to you when I return!

Oh, and by the way, news travels fast. Hope you heal quickly.

Beccy said...

What great deeds you did, I think it is great that you talk to your neighbour everyday, I try to talk to my neighbour who lives alone but rarely see her.