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  • Sometimes, it's about NOT going fishing

    Late last winter, a neighbor down the road a bit lost her husband unexpectedly. We (brother and I) dropped off a pickup load of split, seasoned firewood to help her get through the heating season when we heard about it and a bit later, some of her other friends dropped off loads of firewood as well, except theirs was whole and 1 1/2 to 2 1/2' in diameter, no way she and her mid 20's daughter would be able to work it up. She was told by the others that they would be back to work it up for her. Right...........OK................sure......

    I've been driving by that large wood all summer and finally offered to break it down for her at some point, if it wouldn't bother her other friends. I spoke to my brother about it and he agreed we should just work it up. We did some of it about a week ago and rather than hit the pond this morning, I moved my splitter down (it has a side lift for the big monster pieces) and we worked it all up, including a bunch that had been rough split and put in the ground level garage/basement that was too big for her to lift or wouldn't fit through the furnace door. She worked with us moving the newly split wood back in to the basement as we split it smaller, showing us what she could handle safely. To say she was immensely grateful would be an understatement. Helping her and getting this off her to-do list was very satisfying to my soul as well. Although I have other plans this afternoon and won't be able to fish today there will always be tomorrow.

    Yet even as I type "there will always be tomorrow", I'm reminded that tomorrow is promised to no one. Her husbands passing is the perfect example of that. So my day of non-fishing has become much more rewarding than if I had gone fishing and put off helping out someone who really needed and appreciated a neighborly act. Gifts come in many forms and I just got one today in a roundabout way.


    This article was originally published in forum thread: Sometimes, it's about NOT going fishing started by 6poundtest View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. deltarat's Avatar
      deltarat -
      It is good to know that there are still a few good souls left in the world. That was a wonderful thing to do for someone that could not do for themselves.
    1. bee's Avatar
      bee -
      That was so very kind of you. Thanks from all of us.
    1. eagle 1's Avatar
      eagle 1 -
      You will be blessed for your Works . You were certainly a blessing to her .Thank you .
    1. scrat's Avatar
      scrat -
      Wow! Job well done. You Sir are a good man. Thank you.
    1. skeetbum's Avatar
      skeetbum -
      You Sir, are a cut above the average. Well done.
    1. "G"'s Avatar
      "G" -
      Good job.....You will receive many blessings because of this. I bet your next fishing trip will be a good one.
    1. canebreaker's Avatar
      canebreaker -
      Well done.
    1. tfr7315's Avatar
      tfr7315 -
      Well done to you and your brother. Luke 10-33-35
      33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
      34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
      35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
    1. Billbob's Avatar
      Billbob -
      great job
    1. prefers shiners's Avatar
      prefers shiners -
      "Paying it forward"....
    1. royinlox's Avatar
      royinlox -
      Very thoughtful,,, will come back around 10 fold.
    1. brucec's Avatar
      brucec -
      That was a great day.
    1. Speck Detector's Avatar
      Speck Detector -
      Yep, your investing in treasures to be rewarded in your future, says the GOOD BOOK, thanks for the inspiration to do good by one another.....
    1. Dave and Lynn's Avatar
      Dave and Lynn -
    1. darcie1's Avatar
      darcie1 -
      Rewards come double, thank you for helping out.
    1. Dar's Avatar
      Dar -
      Now that was awesome on you guys part, Thanks for being there.
    1. DaveB40's Avatar
      DaveB40 -
      It's amazing how you can feel after doing such a good deed!
      Be assured, your thoughtful gift did NOT go unnoticed.
      Maybe you'll be surprised the next time you are out on the water.
      Tight Lines - Dave
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