A good idea

I was raised by a mother from Texas and was always taught to help your neighbor in times of crisis. A case in point was when the grumpy old man who nobody liked broke his leg, my mother cooked an extra roast and potatoes and took me (6 at the time) over to his house and knocked on the door.

When he opened and smelled the food he asked, "what the %$# is that for?" and her reply was, "You're hurt, can you cook easily? Can you move easily? Then accept a neighbor's offer of help. Are your animals being fed? My husband and son can help." He was stunned and unable to reply.

Mom said, "My husband and son will be by after work and please let them do what you can't and let us know where else we may help." And we did, till he could walk again. Three months after he was healed and healthy, he came to our house with a bag full of garden vegetables and said, "In all my life, no one had done that before and I didn't know how to handle that and I wanted to thank you for letting me know I was really not alone."

We took his corn and other goodies and brought him around back were we had other friends, neighbors and family for a BBQ. He stayed, and after was one of the best neighbors we had.

For a 49-year-old man to remember something so vividly from then is a memory to be shared. Today we are so engrossed in our phones, politics and ourselves, we have forgotten we live with people next door and that even a "How are you doing?" is beyond us. Where has this kind of community gone, and can we get it back? And who out there is willing to try?

John Holm

Ashland