Neighbors Helping Neighbors


After a severe wind burst this past week,

my beloved empire apple tree split in two.

Friends in the neighborhood saw a spiral

cloud formation prior to a thunderstorm.


Our work was cut out for us after part

of the tree fell into the road.  Before we knew

it, our neighbors were out helping us push

the tree out of the road.  I am reminded


of the proverb which stems from Latin about

180 BC:  a friend in need is a friend indeed.

We have been blessed with wonderful neighbors

over the years.  As my husband sawed branches


laden with tiny apples into smaller pieces

for the rubbish, our neighbors brought over

their trash cans which now stand curbside

and ready for pickup.  Many hands make


light the work!  After the storm passed, I

discovered the minor damage left behind:

overturned trash can, rocking chair picked

up from the front porch and left on the walk.


Overturned flowerpots.  Loose piece of the

front gutter system left hanging.  Limbs, leaves,

pine cones left in the lawn.  South of us, a minor

tornado was reported in the news.  It felt like


a minor one for us too.  Upon reflection, we

were ever so grateful for the kindness, the

goodness and the thoughtfulness of our

friends and neighbors.  Without being asked,


all sorts of help arrived.  The young neighbor who

had finished mowing her lawn, grabbed her refuse

cans and a rake and came to our aid.  What are friends

for?  We wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!


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16 Responses to Neighbors Helping Neighbors

  1. R says:

    Blessed with a wonderful neighborhood and that the damage not worse. The photos bring joy.

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  2. Blessed and counting our blessings too… for great neighbors who are always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need. ❤ Wishing you and yours a Blessed and Happy Fourth of Juoy and beyond, Mary Ann.

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  3. That was a story with a different twist! I’m glad the damage was no worse than it was. oxox

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  4. Clare Pooley says:

    I am sorry you lost part of your lovely apple tree in the storm but glad the damage wasn’t any worse. What lovely neighbours you have! ❤ xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

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