Dear friends and family,
What do you do well? What are you willing to do?
- Are you a healthy cook? It doesn’t even need to be a full meal. Bring over a serving of what you had for dinner, or what you’ll have later.
- Do you have energy, and go places? If you’re off to the grocery store, or if you’re willing to take a short visit to a park, or beach—offer that to someone with cancer (or aged, sick, not driving.) It doesn’t need to be long—in fact, it shouldn’t be.
- Use a piece of paper, or poster board and draw or write something. Handmade cards from kids are cheerful, too!
- When you drop by for a visit, look around. Pick up the broom, take out the trash, look to see what is needed for the next few days. (Toilet paper, paper towels, food, and if there are any special requests.)
- Does the person you’re visiting need laundry washed? A bed made? The feather bed fluffed? Do dishes need washing? Don’t ask. Do it.
- If there are things you know you’re not the one to do, let the person you’re helping know that. Also let them know what you can/will do.
When I needed drivers and cooks, I found, to my surprise, very few people who lived near me drove distances, or cooked! I had offers for conversation, walks, and gifts. Those three things were pretty low on my list of what I needed. It’s amazing, though, how things unfold. We are taken care of. Maybe not by the ones we expect, but people step up. I had a neighbor I’d never met come to my door and ask what I needed from the store.