Cedric and David are our friends. On Mondays.
we wave to one another, greet one another and
exchange pleasantries. If we are perchance not home,
David will bring the blue bins up to the door. These
are our sanitation engineers whose task it is to empty
trash cans left curbside. Tony, Desiree, Alexis and
Andy take turns delivering our mail. Our route is
the longest at 14 miles. Fae is the early bird who
delivers the newspaper three times per week.
Where would we be without such great friends
in our lives? At school, teachers greeted custodians
and had brief conversations from time to time.
For holidays, we brought them cookies and other
baked goodies or a pizza. These friends belong
to the family of man. We remain grateful for
their services. To break up an otherwise
mundane day, I have made it my habit to
wave to the truck drivers as they stop to
pick up trash. It’s not a glamorous job but
a necessary one. We look out for one another.
Last October, young David lost his mother and
was not on our route for a few weeks. I expressed
my thoughts and offered prayers for him and his
mother. Walking in another’s shoes makes
for a more pleasant world. It is, after all, the
golden rule in action. How do you feel when
someone looks into your eyes and smiles while
saying a few words? Having compassion for
our fellow individuals whom we encounter in
life is as easy as a smile and a wave. Offering an
apple from our apple trees is a simple gesture.
Sharing our abundance with others.
The world would be a better place if we
practiced the golden rule. Doing unto
others as we would have them deal
with us, makes for a happier existence.