Last week I spent our last bit of money on the electric bill when The Man from CL&P came knocking on the door.
And then I freaked out.
And then I wrote about it.
And then someone I’ve never met who is a blog reader sent me a message on the Facebook page.
And she deposited money into my PayPal account.
She left this note with it:
It’s not charity — it’s a thank you for the entertainment of sharing your life.
And then Mo told me she’d work for free for the rest of the summer.
And then a friend from college also deposited money into my PayPal account, along with this message:
Hey Susie – I read your blog and love your writing. I have 4 kids and I relate to many of your posts. My youngest is 6 so I feel like I am just few years past the thick of all the toddlers etc. Just wanted to send you something and spread the kindness!
And then I got a really awesome email from my kids’ preschool.
And then Daryl went and talked to our dentist who made us a very generous offer.
And then after teaching swim lessons to my friends’ kids, the husband pulled me aside.
He had read my cardinal post.
And he gave me this:
A framed photo he had taken of a cardinal on his back deck last winter.
His wife had asked me to paint a dresser I had for her.
The cost of the dresser and the work was $200.
She gave me an envelope containing the payment for the dresser as they left my house.
Once they were gone I opened up the envelope.
Instead of ten twenty dollar bills inside of it, there were forty twenty dollar bills inside of it.
That same day I taught a couple lessons to another friend’s kids.
Right before she left, she gave me the money for the lesson (five twenties) folded up and paper clipped together.
It wasn’t until yesterday that I unfolded that money.
There was an extra $100 bill hiding in the middle of those twenties.
That same friend, after reading my post about dreaming of the day I’d be able to afford little packs of pistachios, brought these:
And then yesterday, a friend of Mo’s who also reads the blog gave Mo two hula hoops and a bag full of crayons and coloring books and bubbles and other stuff for the kids.
Of course, it took less than 24 hours for the hula hoops to look like this:
The kids were happy for the surprise.
Then, another friend stopped by while I was teaching swim lessons.
He delivered this:
A lot of good shit happens when I am teaching swim lessons.
And I have some really great friends.
Some of whom I’ve never even met.
Thank you for helping me and my family.
When I get my ass out of this situation,
and I will,
I promise you all,
I will do something really fucking big in return.
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