|Groceries, Hand Sanitizer, and Disinfectant Wipes, Oh My!|
On Tuesday, I was visited by two angels and I can tell you that angels don't carry harps, they carry bags of groceries and cooked food, that they shopped for and prepared on their day off from work, out of the goodness of their hearts!
|Dinner: Rice and Curries|
My friend S (not neighbor/piano teacher S), had left me two messages, one on Monday night and one on Tuesday morning. So, on Tuesday afternoon, I called her. One of her first questions was did I need anything? At first, I said no, because I don't like to ask people to do things for me and inconvenience them in any way. But, S persisted. Did I have enough groceries? Can she get me anything? S works in a grocery store, so, thinking of my last two carrots (no, S doesn't read my blog and, as far as I know, doesn't even know that I blog!), I asked her if she could get me some carrots. Was that all? Did I need any other vegetables? How about milk? What about eggs? What about toilet paper? I said carrots and maybe a little milk. But, I said only when it was convenient to her, because today was her day off.
Fifteen minutes later, I got a call from her. She was at the store! Shopping for me (and another friend, I found out, later), on her day off! Did I want green beans? Did I have onions? What about chilies? Do I have this or that or the other? I said OK, get me a few green beans and chilies, too, because I only had two green chilies left.
I picked a bag of curry leaves to give her and I wrapped up three new kitty themed mugs that I had bought for gift giving and added a card with some money to reimburse her for the groceries.
Later, in the evening, she called to say that she and her husband were on their way with the groceries. Her husband carried the bags in and kept just inside my doorway while S and I tried to maintain a proper social distance and talked. Just before they left, she said, "There's some dinner in there for you" and she was going to take some groceries and dinner to a mutual friend, as well.
After she left, I took the groceries out of the bag and that's when I found out that, in addition to the items I had asked her to buy, she had also given me additional items from her pantry! A can of garbanzo beans, a can of coconut milk, sweet potatoes, a leek, garlic and ginger, a packet of crushed red chilies, and, best of all, a container of disinfectant wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer! Plus, the dinner of rice, fish curry, wilted greens (mallung), dry fish curry, and dhal. Such generosity! I almost cried, because, with her husband laid off due to the closure of his work place, it is only her income from working at the grocery store. Yet, she is so giving of herself and what she has!
I also had a phone call from another friend, actually, the daughter of a late friend, saying she tried to text me last night, but didn't have my cell phone number; she was calling to find out if I needed anything or wanted any groceries or shopping done! I thanked her and said I was OK for now and she said to let her know if I needed anything.
I am so blessed when it comes to friends! They are truly angels.
Today, I am grateful for:
- The blessing of good friends
- Their kindness, caring, and generosity
- More groceries and fresh produce, including six huge carrots!
- My friend bringing me dinner
- Conversations with my daughter
Do you believe in angels?