How many times have we passed someone who needs our help and we didn’t realize it? Why are we in a specific place just at the right moment to help someone? Fate? Karma? The Universe at work? Who knows, but what’s important is that we Are there to help. Take this morning for instance. I was sitting in my living room reading emails when someone loudly banged on my front door! It was my neighbor — hysterical because her daughter was sick at school and her car was broke down. I told her to calm down and I would meet her in back by my car. Thus began the adventure of rushing to pick up her daughter and be back in time for my daughter-in-law to borrow my car to drive to work. Did we make it? Yeah buddy, but afterwards I began to remember times when I needed help and someone was there for me.
Right after my son was born, I was on leave without pay from my job at Tyndall AFB, FL. My savings account had been frozen because the credit union (IL) was worried they wouldn’t get money for truck payments and Tyndall Federal Credit Union was worried about getting the trailer morgage payments. And I was also recovering from a C-section. Enter my buddy B.J. who loaned me $500 to get me through until I was back at work and getting paid. When I was supposed to return to work, she took 2 weeks of military leave and babysat Bernie Jr free of charge so I could return to work and finally get some money. I used to leave work and find dog food or diapers in the truck bed. She even brought me distilled water because we were afraid well water would hurt Bernie. If it hadn’t been for B.J. Tanya puppy would probably have starved because there was just so much money and so many bills! I often think about B.J. and pray a “Thank You” to her because I know in my heart we (Bernie Jr, Tanya and I) would not have survived without her.
Now I “pay it forward” just like in the movie Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment. I believe we are put in situations to help each other — just like this morning. I mean think about it, today my daughter-in-law was scheduled for the afternoon shift instead of the morning shift. It rained off and on for 3 days, but today was sunny so I could see to drive and for a change I was up and dressed! Universe: You are something else!