Monday, July 20, 2009

Lessons From A Civic

“People need trouble -- a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. ~William Faulkner

Guess what I did this weekend...

So after watching 2 engineers, 2 race car drivers, and the 'me and mom cheering squad' struggle unsuccessfully for two hours with a slim jim and hot dog stick (from the campsite next to us) to unlock the bulletproof Civic which was now reeling in pain from scratched paint, torn weather stripping around the door then the general wrenching and prying taking place. As if that wasn't bad enough I've got my pom pom mom next to me snickering "Whew, well I'm glad it wasn't any of the rest of us who locked those in there, glad it was Rach." Lucky for her that's when, Dwayne and Mel swooped in to save the day. Mel introduced himself "Well, I'm a retired locksmith from Saskatchewan, eh. They don't make them like they used to but I can get ya in shortly." Dwayne chimed in "We just couldn't watch you kids any longer." They both chuckled and Mel went to work with the help of the already assembled stellar team. Within a half hour and (eeeerrrrkkk, owwwwouch, I winced to myself) a few dents later, we were in. ALWAYS, ALWAYS put the spare key outside the car not in the glove compartment.....expensive lesson learned. It was a bittersweet ending to an attempted fishing trip with boys' boss and family in Seward. Seward is a great little fishing town on the Kenai Peninsula. At any rate, we tried to offer our dynamic duo a monetary reward but Sam reported that Mel almost hit him and said, "Son, someone did something kind for me and told me to do the same for someone else so there yas go, now you go do the same:)"

Grab the Dare Rope #2! Following orders:) Pull a Mel & Dwayne! Be a good neighbor, go out and do something kind and helpful for someone you do not know when they are least expecting it. Take nothing in return.

"...Looking for a loophole, the religion scholar asked, 'And just how would you define 'neighbor'?"

Jesus answered by telling a story. "There once was a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way he was attacked by robbers. They took all his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half-dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him he angled across to the other side. Then a Levite religious man showed up; he also avoided the injured man. A Samaritan traveling the road came on him. When he saw the man's condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. Then he lifted him onto his donkey, led him to an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill. I'll pay you on my way back."
"What do you think? Which of the three became a neighbor to the man attacked by robbers?"
"The one who treated him kindly," the religion scholar responded.

Jesus said, "Go and do the same." Luke 10:29-37

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