Crib notes
Sunday May 03rd 2009, 6:33 pm
Filed under: Friends,My Garden

imgp7568The moving van came Thursday.  I went across the street to say goodbye to our neighbors moving home to Ireland.

It turned out they were staying till Saturday, with a mattress to be left on the floor for them to sleep on.

What about Jack? I asked.  I offered to go look for our old porta-crib that had gone through four kids and was none too new looking, especially after being tucked away for 20 years, but hey.  Michelle and I gave it a good dusting-off and took it over. We couldn’t make them stay, but we could make their leaving easier on them.imgp7560

They returned it Saturday on their way out in better condition than when they’d gotten it. They are such nice folks. They will be missed.

11 Comments so far
Leave a comment

I expect they will forever remember your kindness.


One Sunday, in counting the money in the weekly offering, the pastor of a small church found a pink envelope containing $1,000. It happened again the next week! The following Sunday, he watched as the offering was collected and saw an elderly woman put the distinctive pink envelope on the plate. This went on for weeks until the pastor, overcome by curiosity, approached her. “Ma’am,” he said, “I couldn’t help but notice that you put $1,000 a week in the collection plate.” “Why yes,” she replied. “Every week my son sends me money, and I give some of it to the church.” The pastor replied, “That’s wonderful. But $1000 is a lot, are you sure you can afford this? How much does he send you?” The elderly woman answered, “$10,000 a week.”

The pastor was amazed. “Your son is very successful; what does he do for a living?” “He is a veterinarian,” she answered. “That’s an honorable profession, but I had no idea they made that much money,” the pastor said. “Where does he practice?”

The woman answered proudly, “In Nevada. He has two cat houses–one in Las Vegas, and one in Reno.”

Comment by Don Meyer 05.03.09 @ 8:55 pm

You made their last few nights much better. I hope you have good neighbors again in that house.

Comment by Sonya 05.04.09 @ 4:45 am

Oh I hate saying good-bye…..but of course I wish them nothing but the best. I was just thinking yesterday, I wonder if I could ask Alison about the little boy who was about to move and had been sick. And there you are. Thank you for answering my question! And I bet they’ll miss you, too!

Comment by karin 05.04.09 @ 5:25 am

Maybe your former neighbor will join us in your virtual knitting circle one day when she gets settled back in and has some time?

Comment by LynnM 05.04.09 @ 5:46 am

I’m glad you still had a crib stashed away. I have been contemplating giving ours away, but my children/grandchildren are older than yours, and past the small crib stage.

Comment by Barbara-Kay 05.04.09 @ 6:02 am

I bet they’re gonna miss you, too.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 05.04.09 @ 7:10 am

So nice of you to share the crib. I’m sure it made improvements to their last night as neighbors.

Comment by Alicia 05.04.09 @ 9:45 am

You are wonderful neighbors! I hope the new ones will be just as delightful.

Comment by Channon 05.04.09 @ 10:02 am

It’s always nice to know that those things we keep tucked away for “just in case”, really do come in handy! 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 05.04.09 @ 2:30 pm

Alison, is that a currant bush in the bottom picture? If so, a bit of trivia — the first time I ever had raw currants, served as a side with a delicious meal (salmon, etc) was in Ireland. I’d ordered room service that first night — too tired to join the other tour folks at the local pub — and there were those currants. I think they were supposed to be a garnish, but I ate them anyway. Too pretty to leave behind on the plate! I will never forget the refreshing sourness of them. Our local farm stand grows them now, the pink and red varieties, and I look forward to the season when they are readily available to throw into a summer pasta salad. And though it be summer when I eat them here, fresh currants will always make me think of Ireland in November. (Hoping I can score some with a meal again over there, when I go back in November!)

Comment by Paula 05.04.09 @ 6:22 pm

Paula, it’s Heavenly Bamboo berries over a leaf of something Californian whose name I don’t know. And that is as close to Currant Events as I can get at the moment.

Comment by AlisonH 05.05.09 @ 5:28 pm

Leave a comment
Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>