Small Wonder :: Neighbors

by Stefani on 12-May-2009

A Bouquet of Chard

The kids, shrieking, circle around us as we stand in the driveway. My neighbor hands me a bunch of chard from her garden. An edible bouquet. 

That one act of kindness is such a gift. It's been one of THOSE days. The frustration is written all over my face. 

 "Must be something in the air…" she says running after her little one as he sprints down the road. 

I call out an inadequate thanks, round up my banshees and go inside to look up chard recipes on the internet. 

I feel my shoulders relax a little bit. 

It's good to be reminded, when the waters get a little rough, that there's other folks in the same boat. 

 Thank you, neighbor. 

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Stacey B May 12, 2009 at 10:21 am

It looks like it might just beyoung enough chard to taste salty good just as it is without even cooking!

melissa May 12, 2009 at 10:46 am

hang in there.

Amber May 12, 2009 at 10:51 am

Nothing is more helpful in getting me through the day than a reminder that I am not the only one. Other people out there ARE in the same boat. I just wish that one of us knew where it was going. 😉

Stefani May 12, 2009 at 10:53 am

Well amen to that! Where IS this bloody boat headed anyway??? 🙂

Emily Cole May 12, 2009 at 11:14 am

I feel ya… I cried on several shoulders yesterday, it was rough. I’m having to be reminded that I’m not the only one…

Elissa May 12, 2009 at 11:21 am

sometimes, SOMETIMES i start to feel that every day is one of THOSE days. i’m glad to have company in this crazy boat….

steadymom May 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Is there something going around (besides swine flu, that is!)? We’re having one of THOSE days, too!


Relyn May 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Yesterday my neighbor brought me a huge handful of gorgeous blue columbine. There’s nothing like a good neighbor.

jennifer May 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm

oh yes… i too JUST shared about “one of those days!” my husband reminds me-” the sweet would not be as sweet without the bitter!” …indeed!

grace May 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm

A good neighbor is a wonderful thing to have… a lucky thing to have. (Can you tell I have one not so good neighbor?)

Kerry May 12, 2009 at 2:12 pm

And I was worried that I was the only one who found joy when I saw other parents’ misery… it has always made me feel a little guilty that the first thing I think when I see someone else’s kid freaking out at the grocery store is “Thank Goodness!”. Then of course, I always send good vibes and wishes for patience, a glass of wine, and a good night’s sleep for them as well. Enjoy your chard… I always like it in quiche… how lovely would that be with your fresh eggs?

Kerry May 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Ooooh Grace… so sorry about the one not so good neighbor. We have the same situation… big scary dogs and hot tub parties with music or t.v. blasting at the kids bedtime! Hopefully you have some other good neighbors to make up for the not so good one… luckily we do! 😉

Gretchen Skovron May 12, 2009 at 5:42 pm

oh the kindness of neighbors. tad jealous. 🙂

Marci@OvercomingBusy May 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

I wonder how many of my neighbors could use an act of kindness? Makes me want to go be neighborly!

jamie May 13, 2009 at 7:54 am

So sweet of you to think of others! We all have days like this, really the best medicine is showing service to others, even though it seems so hard at the time.

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Oh hon, I’m sorry. And does it not seem to you that “those days” tend to linger. I swear I’ve had a string of ’em. It would be funny if it weren’t so NOT funny.

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Say, does this ship have a bar? A pool deck maybe? Do they fold your towels into the shape of a swan on the good ship Wish I’d Stayed In Bed Today?

No, no I didn’t think so.

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Oh lordy! Don’t even get me started on the swine flu.
My kid actually ran his TONGUE down the handrail at the Bureau of Vital Statistics today. Smart, right?

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:34 pm

What to you see what our other neighbors gave us!
I never would have said that we had a particularly friendly neighborhood. Folks kinda keep mostly to themselves, but in the last week we’ve been SO blessed by our neighbors.
I need to make it a point to pay it forward….

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:35 pm

wise man.
Are you sure he’s not a reincarnated granny, cuz that sure sounds like a grannyism 🙂

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:39 pm

You know what? I often wonder what our neighbors must have thought of us when we were newly weds with our barking dogs and hot tub parties! We didn’t have any young kids living nearby, but I shutter to think how many too late nights we must have caused our older neighbors.
Your neighbors will likely be so ashamed of themselves one day.

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Ha! That’s just what we did with it. When all else fails, we always turn to quiche 🙂

And yes… it’s funny because I used to look at those moms of screaming kids and think, “My kids will NEVER!” and then I actually HAD children and now I just want to hug those poor moms and tell them “this too shall pass.”

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Well… just so you know, we’ve got a few fruitcakes in the mix too 🙂

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Amen to that. There’s nothing like giving to make you realize how much you hold.
Thanks ladies, for helping me keep that in mind!

Casey May 14, 2009 at 7:40 am


Sarah May 16, 2009 at 6:47 pm

your photos are often amazing and inspiring- that chard looks so beautiful! (i have often wanted to photograph the red and green kind- maybe i’ll have to now)

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