Friday, January 28, 2011

Like A Good Neighbor...

These past few days have been a bit challenging.  I hesitate to say difficult or hard because it really wasn't probably due to my great neighbors.

But, I've been suffering from severe allergies which makes everything worse.  Then, there's the snow.  There's so much snow and I'm sick of it!  And, Brian is up in New York because his dad had to have some surgery.  He took my car, because it handles better in the snow.  Meaning of course, that the car I'm stuck with does not handle well in the snow.  Of course, there's no snow in upstate New York right now.  If it weren't for his dad, I'd be pretty pissed right now.  Oh, okay, I'll admit it, I'm pretty pissed.

Here's why though:  yesterday, I was going to go to the Arden Theater because it's my prep week.  I pulled out of the driveway and promptly got stuck on my street.  It took 2 of my neighbors, my daughter, and myself 45 minutes to get my car off the street (which is not that long).  We never would have gotten out but for our kind neighbors.

The list goes on:  other neighbors had my kids over for sledding, then ordered dinner for all of us so I didn't have to cook or even clean up.  So cool, especially with my runny nose and stuffed up head.  Who really wants to cook then?  These neighbors also watched my son for the afternoon so I could get my car stuck on my street in the snow.

Today, I finally made it to the Arden.  I had plans to meet up with a friend and her kids for dinner since her husband was away as well.  She picked up my kids and brought them to the restaurant and ordered them some food while I spent an hour and half in traffic.  I would have been totally frustrated except that I knew my kids were okay. 

To ice the cake?  I came running out of the Arden because I knew my parking meter had been up for at least 15 minutes.  Sure enough, I saw the parking guy wandering around my car to write down the license plate.  I ran up and said, "Oh, shucks, I'm too late.  Oh well."  He says, "No worries, I haven't written anything down yet.  I don't want to be out here.  You don't want to be out here.  Have a good night."

Isn't it amazing what a kind gesture can do?


  1. Absolutely. And that is the perfect thought to end my night of reading blogs. I hope your weekend involves nothing but laughter, joy, and love with your family and... neighbors.

  2. whew...nice meter man...sounds like you making well of it...

  3. Great neighbors is what makes a great neighborhood. There should be a three-day weekend during which we celebrate our neighbors.

  4. Yeh thank goodness for the kindness of strangers, People surprise sometimes, not often but sometimes. Snow looks so awesome but I imagine actually living in it is a different story.