A couple of weeks ago Coleen and I managed to put a hole in Cherub, our beloved dinghy, while landing at the beach under sail and hitting a rock (on an otherwise sandy beach). We discovered the hole a few days later while sailing to another beach for a boaters gathering. Within a few minutes of telling our tale, we had an offer for repair. The next morning our friend Tom came ashore with portable tools and epoxy and soon Cherub was good as new.
The ship’s batteries were having trouble holding a charge, so we turned off our fridge to lower our consumption. A couple of days later, a friend shows up with a book on how to manage without refrigeration. Another, stops by to give us 3 solar panels, which will put out enough power to increase our charging capacity by 60%! He also loaned us a portable generator (brand new) that we used to equalize the ship’s batteries, which helps our situation immensely.
I’m having trouble with the ship’s sewing machine, someone offers to loan me a set of repair/maintenance DVD’s, then calls to see how I made out. (Of course given my limited mechanical ability, I’ve yet to fix it, but that quest is another story).
Prince desperately needed a new leash, someone makes a really cool one for him and drops it by the boat while we are gone.
Coleen and I are struggling to get jugs of water on board, someone makes us a special line that makes the job a lot easier.
Coleen’s computer goes on the blink, blue screen of death, followed by not being able to boot, yes, you guessed it another friend to the rescue.
People who are headed across the harbor to town are always asking if someone needs anything from the store. Coleen needed help Christmas shopping, our friend Norm picked her up in his high speed dinghy, and took her shopping, even bought her an ice cream. Other friends invited Coleen to visit, while I did my Christmas shopping.
We needed a ride to work at the library, as the winds were too strong for our dinghy, someone gave us a ride.
The list is nearly endless. The other night I was feeling quite humbled by everyone’s generosity and becoming concerned that we were doing a bit too much getting and not enough giving. I’ve always been very independent and not good at accepting help. One thing I’ve learned is that people actually like to help each other, so it’s OK to say yes sometimes. Still I like to at least try keep things in balance. We may not be able to fix something, but we can volunteer at the library, bake cookies, have folks for dinner or games, or help with a little mending. Just this morning, Coleen gave away a whole pile of toys to a family with two little girls. I’m sure we’ll never balance the scales, but it’s good to try.
Meanwhile, all aboard the Glass Slipper are feeling very blessed today!