You Said It, Nov. 27, 2011

For November, we’re observing Random Acts of Kindness month by sharing good deeds either given or received.

Thank you to the nice ladies at Hobby Lobby who stayed with my daughter as I tried to catch my very energetic puppy who ran into the store. Thank you to the Hobby Lobby managers and staff who caught him, and had to “get the mop” to clean up the mess. Sorry. Hope everyone had a little chuckle from the crazy scene. We are joining a doggie obedience class soon.

I would like to thank the gentleman for paying for our lunch at Olive Garden. We do appreciate it. God bless you.

In the summer of 1947, I went to visit a cousin in Telluride. I was a teacher, so I could almost always spend the summer there. A few years later, I fell on my wet front steps and broke a hip. I was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Junction, where I received excellent care. I paid a neighbor to feed my cat and water my lawn. As I was driven home, I saw that my lawn was green and my flowers were flowering. When I got into my house, I found that all my rooms had been scrubbed until it looked like an ad for a cleanser. I prayed for the workers then, and I still pray for them now. God bless you all, says this cranky old lady.

Many thanks to the students of Grand Junction High School for their participation in helping seniors in the Grand Valley with yard cleanups. I am an 83-year-old widow and the work they did for me was deeply appreciated. What a great group of kids and what a great job. I really enjoyed all of you — our future leaders.

As an elderly home-bound person, I can’t tell you how glad I am that my two neighbors stopped and asked if I’d like them to pick up my mail from the mailboxes at the end of the block. That first request was 14 months ago, and those wonderful ladies still stop at my door and ask for my key every day there is a mail delivery and pick up my mail for me, as I cannot walk that far. There just aren’t words to thank them enough for these acts of kindness they perform every day. There still are a lot of wonderfully kind people around.

I got a real special phone call one night. It was after dinner, when you don’t really feel like answering the phone, but I did. And what a special phone call it was. Brandy, from Marillac Clinic, called to wish us a happy Thanksgiving. I was speechless. She said it was important for them to thank people who had donated to their organization in the past. Marillac Clinic is only one of the wonderful places we contributed to throughout the year, but it’s the only one that took the time to call and say thank you. I hung up in tears. What a great call. What a great night.

Recently my 91-year-old mom visited her 93-year-old sister in Phoenix. Upon her return, we had breakfast at Village Inn on Horizon Drive. When I got her home, the phone was ringing. It was the manager at Village Inn, calling to tell her she had left her wallet there. It’s nice to know that Village Inn has honest employees. Also, kudos to U.S. Airways for the way they treated my mom. She required the use of a wheelchair, and they took excellent care of her.

The assignment in a Shelledy fifth-grade class was to type someone a thank-you letter. My granddaughter typed a letter on the computer thanking me for helping her. She received a letter from her friend in return. What a nice thing to teach children.

There are not enough words to thank my husband, parents, my children, my sister and my outlaws for all the beautiful random acts of kindness during my months of conquering breast cancer. A beautiful new refrigerator showing up at my door, a week’s worth of meals, and an awesome team celebrating at the Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure with me, and most of all for loving me through this.

I would like to send a huge “thank you” to Ron Brown Welding for the generosity they have shown to this community through their offering of free turkeys and side dishes to those who stopped by their location Nov. 22. Our family is very grateful for your gift and hope that each of you had a happy Thanksgiving. Imagine the blessings if each of us who received this gift agrees to pay it forward.

When it snows, my neighbor always shovels my walk when she does hers. I am a senior lady, and I really do appreciate it.

We are in our 80s and have the greatest, thoughtful neighbors, making it possible for us to stay in our home. Every morning our paper is just outside the door on the fence, and if it snows, the walks are cleaned before we are out of bed. They have always been there if we had a problem for over 20 years.

The new 29 Road overpass is awesome.  It cuts my travel from Orchard Mesa to town in half. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

The kindest people in the valley appeared at the scene of my accident at 15th and Orchard on the evening of Nov. 17. The policemen were so warm and considerate, the fire department people were extremely compassionate, and the RN who held my hand until my friends arrived to take me home is a credit to her profession. Neighbors in the area provided a chair for me and were so thoughtful.  Thanks to all, and especially to the friends who saw me safely home.

Two years ago, I finished several rounds of chemo, which practically drained me financially. I struggled to pay my bills, and still do, especially my electric bill. The winter months are harder as I have electric heat. One day last year, I came home from work and found a box at my back door. It contained an EdenPure heater. There were no names on the box. All I could do is cry. The EdenPure has helped with heating my home and also with my bills. I was and am so grateful. I am truly blessed and have many angels in disguise.

In the line of random acts of kindness, I nominate my young neighbor as a person who personifies that attitude. I’m an elderly, disabled widow with no close relatives nearby. Every morning my paper is on my doorstep. When I drive in from the grocery store, he’s unloading the car just about as quickly as I can get out of it. He hangs my flag for holidays and keeps an eye wherever he feels I might need help. Able-bodied people have no idea how difficult some ordinary tasks can be for those of us who are no longer able. I thank God every day for a wonderful, caring neighbor. May I suggest you look around you: Is there an elderly or disabled neighbor who could use a helping hand? It would be greatly appreciated.


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