Today is Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A good neighbor

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National Random Acts of Kindness Day is Friday, Feb. 17. I'd like to share something that brightened my day recently in hopes that others will be encouraged to "pay it forward."

Last week was not a good one. For starters my Nano, Margaret, was in the hospital.

It was a series of unfortunate events. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance and, while at the hospital, she had a heart attack. She was released from the hospital after several days - only to suffer a nasty fall at home.

I try not to be an extremely emotional person. I always repeat, "Things are in God's hands," and "Everything will be OK," when life goes pear-shaped. But thinking of Nano's declining health bothered me.

Nano is 89-years-old and is relatively the only grandparent I've ever known, since the others passed away before my birth in 1988. Nano is the most independent, elegant woman I know. We've always shared a close bond.

My sweet mom, Pamela, spent last week caring for my son, J.R., almost 3, during the day while I worked, then turned around at 5 o'clock and spent her nights at the hospital with Nano.

To top it off, Mom's birthday was last week. J.R. and I tried to make it better with a cake and flowers.

I didn't openly share these things until after the fact, as I figured we are not the only family going through a hardship.

On Thursday I ran into Liberty State Bank Vice President Chris Crowell. He asked me if I had seen their sign out front. I had not.

Liberty State Bank is right across the street from our Wilson Post office. I drove by the sign that evening. It read, in big, bold letters: CONGRATS SABRINA GARRETT, NEW POST EDITOR.

It truly made my day. Mr. Crowell and our good neighbors didn't know it - but I really needed that encouragement. Thanks again to Liberty State Bank for this random act of kindness.

So this week, if someone is placed on your heart, reach out to them. Buy the stranger behind you a coffee. Write a letter. Donate anonymously. Do some good.

Good neighbors make the world a better place.

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