Thursday, March 15, 2012
Delivering a Meal
Regular readers of my blog may remember the post I did back in January (see Neighbors Helping Neighbors) when I wrote about a woman who was tragically killed in a car accident and all the people who had signed up to bring meals to the family. Though I didn't know the family personally, I felt compelled to help out, so I put my name down for a meal too. Well, today was my assigned day.
Knowing I had a busy morning, I prepped some of the meal last night. When I got home today, I immediately fired up the grill, put on the oven, and got right to work. I made grilled sesame chicken (it sure smelled good!), rice, salad, watermelon slices, and bread. And to top it all off, I baked some of my famous chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
When I went to deliver the meal, the father of the family was in the driveway so I had the chance to introduce myself and present him with the dinner personally. He was curious who I was since he had seen the list of people who had committed to dinners, most of whom were friends, family, or neighbors. When I explained that I was just a "regular" guy who read about his situation and simply wanted to help out, he was all the more appreciative.
I've noticed a number of times lately that people don't quite know what to make of someone doing nice things simply for the sake of it - with no personal connection and no specific reward (other than personal satisfaction). It's as if they're trying to figure out why I would do these things. For now, I don't worry about any answer. I just figure the more kindness I can spread, the better, and I leave it at that.