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I just thought this would be nice to share...When I first moved to the state of Kentucky from Detroit, I was not a very trusting person...Considering the crime that went on where I was from. You didn't accept rides from strangers, or answer your door to strangers, you certainly did not wave" Hi" to people who you have never met...And road rage was the only way to drive. Any one from a big city knows what I am talking about. When I first moved here I didn't have a car and rode the bus everywhere. One very cold winter evening I missed the bus. I started the 2 mile trek home. The wind was blowing it was getting dark. I fell on a slippery patch flat on my behind...needless to say I was very upset and feeling clumsy. I got on my feet and began to knock off the snow from my behind, when I hear beep, beep.  I looked and a woman with 3 very small children rolled down her window. I thought she was gonna ask for directions. She says Hi are you ok? I was like Ummm yeah...Feeling unsure...She says come on I will give you a ride...I was like is she nuts. I could be a killer or a psycho. I hesitated and she smiled. Saying come on its ok...So I got in the car. She was so nice and chatty. I told her where I come from you don't offer rides to strangers or accept them. She was like "Oh" how sad that you can't offer a hand up to a stranger. I told her it's not that I haven't wanted to but you can't take the chance. When we got to my apartment I thanked her and offered her a few dollars for her trouble. She refused the money, I felt very touched by her kindness. People here are so very nice. I now live out in the country. (There are cows in my back yard)LOL... As I drive to town, total strangers wave to you. They leave their keys in their cars to run in the store; offer to help put your groceries in the trunk, open doors for you. Just random acts of           kindness. I have been in the supermarket and seen people with a cart full of groceries let 3 or 4 people with a few items cut in front of them. I come home and find fresh veggies and fresh fruit on my porch.I don't have a clue who they are from. But they are safe to eat. One last story...My son moved here last weekend. I had called a self storage place to store his stuff in till he gets an apartment. This nice lady said she had a small unit. I said we will take it. So I met her to sign papers and such. She says I am so sorry I forgot I rented out my last small unit. I was like ok no problem. She said well if your son wouldn't mind storing his things in my personal unit where I have a few of my Mothers things till a small one comes available, I would be glad to let him. I said ok thank you. She asked me where I lived. She knew my boyfriends parents. (Small town =) I said well lets fill out the papers and how much will he be paying. She said no need right now to do paper work and it's free till I get him the one he needs. Now That's Nice....



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      Feathermaye wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Couple of things I want to touch on...

      First, I’m from Flint originally, so I know EXACTLY what you mean about ignoring everyone around you that you don’t know. That’s a matter of life and death sometimes!

      Second, that was EXTREMELY kind of that storage manager. That’s what my husband and I do (storage management) and I would never EVER EVER help out someone like that. We’ve been burned too often just in following the rules. You either found a genuinely kind soul, or someone who just has managed to avoid getting dumped on by others. Maybe both!

      I’m glad you‘re enjoying a slower paced life.



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      Rena Bennefield wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • **Hay Fellow Michigander..No for real I have only met a hand full of people since I been out here that were not very nice...She let my son do that because she knew my boyfriends parents...That's what freaked me out about here..It's like everyone knows everyone...Here is another example...My boyfriend had a virus in his heart and was very sick...his heart was working at 35%..Well everywhere I went in town someone asked me how's Jerry? He doing better...Girl people I have no clue who they were..They would ask me do you all need anything...need meals cooked...I was blown away...Seeing I am not used to being treated so nice by strangers... I told him when I moved in here ..I am a very private person..I don't do the whole neighbor thing...He said that's fine Baby..Well it only took me a few months and I felt like I had lived here all my life..I never thought I would be happy so far from all the action..I was used to getting in my car and having access to anything or place I needed...Here I have to drive 20 some miles to get to a Wal-Mart..LOL I think the closest mall is like 80 miles away..Well thanks for getting back to me..tty l8ter



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Random Acts of Kindness......we need to all take a lesson from your story....especially during these uncertain economic times.  We need to help each other when we can.  I promise when you take the focus off of yourself and what you are getting..and focus on other people and their needs...you will be blessed by your acts of kindness.  

      Here is something that I received just this past MOnday.  

      GLAD PROJECT

      G- GIVING
      L- LOVE
      A- AND
      D- DEVOTION

      I was at home one day and a friend came with a GLADware container of potato salad.  “I remembered how much you liked it, so here it is.” This is not a friend I interact with much.  She was just thinking about me.  It made my day. So next time you make soup or spaghetti or whatever, put some in a GLADware container and drop it by someone’s house and make their day.



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      Michelle Bodycombe wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Maryclark!  that’s a really nice idea...I like it...I’m always sharing my cooking with friends and neighbours but now I’ll do it in GLADware.
      Thanks!



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Bodycombe...I’m so glad you liked it.  Share the project! You are very welcome!



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      Rena Bennefield wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • **maryclark   That is a really kewl thing to do..I like it..Here is another idea..I used to go to Goodwill and consignment shops and buy decorative jars with lids...Some were see through some were colors. A really good thing to use is the tea canister.. Any way...You layer it with things like...ok say your neighbor loved hot chocolate. Get your jar.One layer hot chocolate, next layer instant creamer, next layer cinnamon. Then a layer (lightly) Nutmeg. Then another of Chocolate. Continue layers till it is full. Seal the lid with canning wax. Then make or buy decorative tags with recipes if needed. You can use ribbon, bows, Hot glue lil figurines...Just use your imagination...  =)



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • Glad you liked it.....and that too is a neat idea with the layering of hot chocolate...etc.  Really anything you want to do is super....but ...as the old saying goes...“it’s the thought that counts“.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do something nice and different for someone....and boy can that one little thing you do for someone make their day.



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      Rena Bennefield wrote Oct 11, 2008
    • **Yah it took a little getting used to...but once I did..I found it heartwarming to know that they were not interested in my life to become busy bodies...but because they truly cared...Now I am not naive..I can well imagine there are those few, that use any and all information the can get to gossip..Some social acts you can't escape..LOL... All in all I do feel lucky...



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      Rena Bennefield wrote Oct 11, 2008
    • Yes Mary it is a nice warm feeling to make someone else SMILE...  =)



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