it does take a village
We need each other. We all know this, but it really hits home hard when a mishap occurs.
Take our friend, Barbara Reisert – winner of the 2013 Claiborne Cup for her excellent work in founding the Claiborne Clarion. One little fall down the steps, and everything changes for a while. And when it’s your right ankle that’s broken, well, you’re not going to be driving anytime soon.
Lucky for her that she lives in Mayberry. Before she even got home from the hospital, neighbors (Pete and Mary?) had rearranged furniture so she’d have a first floor bed. Patti organized an online sign-up for meals, errands, trash take-out, company, rides. Anne hosted her overnight so she didn’t have to go to a nursing home for a few days. Kirke showed up with two eggs, a frying pan and bacon “how do you like ’em?”, and it occurred to Bill that someone ought to be driving her car around every couple of days. And a thousand other little things – dog care, shampooing, vacuuming, etc. By the time I got there for a visit ten days later, there was a constant stream of visitors in and out…
…with Barbara in the middle, looking happy, feeling connected, cared for.
In her words “I learned that I’d like to be more present and give back.”
My takeaway – every little thing counts.