Monday, November 19, 2007

paying it forward

I didn’t know I was pregnant with twins. I just knew I was exhausted. Scheduled to move across the country in three days, my husband and I both had long lists of things to do and people to see. A few days before the move, my friend D. called. “What are you doing tonight?” She asked.
“Dinner with my family,” I told her.
“I’d like to come over and clean for you while you’re gone.”
“Oh, I can’t let you do that,” I stammered.
“‘I’d like to,” she said. And I believed her.

And so we went out for dinner, and my dear friend came over and cleaned our bathroom. When I came home and saw the white grout, I tried to forget what color it had been before. And I cried at this gift of pure friendship; I could not repay her.

The moving van pulled up to my neighbor’s house early this morning. The house hasn’t sold yet, but her husband has already moved. They’ve been living apart for 6 months now. To say it’s been a hard year is a gross understatement.

She drops her young son off right after the noisy boys leave for school. Baby b. is down for his nap.

And so I give her this gift that she cannot repay. I give it with joy; with tears.

What can you give today, with no expectation of repayment?


Tanya said...

Moms don't get sick days. I've got two kids, ages 2 and 3. A friend also has two kids; hers are 2 years and 10 months. Last month she heard through the grapevine that I was sick. By four o'clock that afternoon she had an entire meal, homecooked and ready to eat, delivered to my house. She even made it allergen-free for my son! I can't tell you how blessed I felt. Blessed and humbled. Kind of like you with your white grout. I'm just waiting for someone to get sick, so I can pay it forward. ;)

Llama Momma said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tanya.

So true! Sick days are such a gift. :-)

ChosenRebel said...

Pay it forward is such a great concept, (the movie and book are great too). May God's glory be magnified in all who recieve your gifts of friendship.

Jenny from Chicago said...

I actually have tears in my eyes. Such a beautiful post. Thanks.

Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

How's the job hunt going - or have you decided sabbatical is right for you now?

Congrats on graduation - cool stuff!

Llama Momma said...

Susan -- we are officially on sabbatical. I'll post more on that soon!

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Sandra said...

Also, a lovely story.