Thursday, October 1, 2009

neighbor

why are we taking food to her house?

well she needs help.

why does she need help?

she is sick and can't get out to get food for herself.

what about her husband?

he died a few years ago.

so she is alone?

streaming through the window, a sun beam illuminates the dancing particles of dust, that once would have caused her angst to clean, but now keeps her company in the barren silence. fingers trace the pattern on the olive blanket, just to experience the feeling of another against her parchment skin. tired eyes turn to birds on the wire, an audience to her days, what may be left before she sees him again. running a whitening tongue across her course lips, she reaches for the solitary glass of water, standing sentry on her bedside table, a refreshing break in the day.

do we know her?

not really, just someone that needs someone.

hmmm...

38 comments:

Otin said...

I have known a lot of people like that in my life! They always appreciate just having someone stop by to talk for a few minutes!

liza said...

don't ever change...she's lucky to have visitors like you at her doorstep.

Hit 40 said...

We are all so alone anymore disconnected by being connected with technology. Everyone appreciates a little face time and a small gesture.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

What a sweet and awesome gesture. It's always nice to be someone for someone who needs someone.

:)

Kulio said...

Amazing thing that helping her, helps you too.

Ronda Laveen said...

It is nice the boyz will know how to treat people when they hit that plateau in life's mountain range. It doesn't makes sense to them now but, in time it will resonate in their bones.

Kathleen said...

Your beautiful description of her reminds me of my mother and her last days. After she died, I laid in her bed to see what she saw when she looked out her window. I had hoped it was trees. But it was sky.

Eternally Distracted said...

I am sure you and your family make her day, week, month and year.

Ekanthapadhikan said...

Is that something fictional (a figment of you r imagination)? Or do you really have such a neighbour? Well, if this is a real life story then what you're doing to her is nothing short of heavenly. May you be blessed for your good deeds!

only a movie said...

Very nice. I'm glad you are there for each other. :-)

Jasmine said...

Beautifully written, and I'm so glad that you did write it. I think these are things that many people don't consider or encounter.

I'm visiting my grandparents right now. Since they retired they have ran a 'God Turn' scheme on the Island of Anglesey. They collect prescriptions, do shopping, take the elderly out swimming, drive folks to hospital and vets appointments. I love it that they do this, but it seems so strange to me that they spend 8-10 hours a day running around after other people when my gran can't walk without a zimmer frame and are really in very bad health themselves. The GP won't fax prescriptions to the pharmacy and the pharmacy does not deliver... It seems that there is so many uneccesary steps that if the community pulled together to look after the ill and the elderly life could be so much easier for everyone.

Gaston Studio said...

Beautifully written. My next door neighbor, Sheila, grew up in a smallish town in New Jersey. When our elderly neighbor started having problems, Sheila and I started helping out and then I remembered one of the reasons I wanted to relocate from Atlanta was that people just weren't "neighborly" anymore.

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Very nice and a great example for your boys - compassion is hard to come by.

Betsy said...

I've taken cookies and meals to so many people like this that when I'm baking, Taylor asks "Are those for us?" LOL!

We need to remember these simple kindnesses. You never know how much a little thoughtfulness will mean to someone!

Daniel said...

You always seem to find a way to put your faith and love into action. I always think that if people looked at me, there would be no way to identify me as a Christian. You pass this test easily. I just don't know how to reach out like you do. It does not seem a chore or a burden, but an act of love.

Ocean Girl said...

Your description was so vivid and for a moment, to me, it was scary, like I could be her.

Wings said...

Hello in there...

TechnoBabe said...

"Just someone that needs someone".
We all do.

Protege said...

Yes, yes, this is going to be me one of these days, in about 30 years or so. How sad....

Meeko Fabulous said...

My mom always says that those who take care of others and do good deeds such as these will be repaid tenfold by God. :) You are teaching your kids very valuable life lessons that will be with them for years to come. Cheers to you my friend!

lakeviewer said...

What a difference a neighbor makes. Your children are learning valuable lessons.

Goofball said...

glad that you've noticed she needs someone. Imagine if nobody notices

The Things We Carried said...

Brian your followers are increasing daily. I find that no wonder at all. Love to watch scenes through your eyes.

Cinnamon said...

The sad thing is, so many elderly people are in need and do not have people like yourselves to call on them. Thanks for the reminder to stay 'open' to the needs of neighbours around us.

Liza said...

"particles of dust, that once would have caused her angst to clean, but now keeps her company in the barren silence"
Wow, that really struck a chord with me. What a wonderful gesture, and what a wonderful example you are setting for your children. Thank you for sharing this.

Pastor Sharon said...

Brian,
How I wish that we could all be more neighborly. . .
This is a beautiful story!

♥ Braja said...

Touching...

The Retired One said...

When I was the Administrator of the Assisted Living facility, towards the end of some of the Resident's stay, they longed for company...any company and would talk about it for days after when they were blessed to have someone stop by.
If anyone is lonely and looking for doing something for someone, all they need to do is look into an ALF or a Nursing home and start stopping by..they love seeing families and especially little children..their eyes just light up!

Joanna Jenkins said...

It's a lovely and thoughtful lesson to teach your kids. What a difference you made. Thanks for sharing.

Baino said...

Very sad. So many, particularly elderly people perish without anyone noticing. Good neighbours you are and should remain so. I used to visit an elderly lady near me. It was boring but I knew she appreciated it and just wanted someone to chat with in the afternoon. It didn't last long before she died but I like to think it gave her some solace. I rather miss the visits now.

Baino said...

Very sad. So many, particularly elderly people perish without anyone noticing. Good neighbours you are and should remain so. I used to visit an elderly lady near me. It was boring but I knew she appreciated it and just wanted someone to chat with in the afternoon. It didn't last long before she died but I like to think it gave her some solace. I rather miss the visits now.

Shadow said...

how deperately sad. may we never feel that alone...

lettuce said...

that central paragraph is very moving

Sande said...

She's the one someone else is supposed to be loving ..... !

Candie Bracci said...

Brian you're awesome!

Jill said...

A most excellent lesson. I just feel for her...lonely...I am sure your family is a BRIGHT spot for her. A distraction in a long, long day.

Brian Miller said...

goofball, i think you nailed it...which is the scary part for me...what if no one noticed? it chills me. we all have those moments of being alone....many walk alone each day...

blueviolet said...

When I get my ear talked off by someone elderly, I try to remember things like this.