Chris' Corner: Pay it forward to a senior in need...

Pay it forward to a senior in need...

I work a number of adult lifestyle communities and am often in the "neighbourhood".  Being a gregarious person by nature, I will often stop and talk to people I see.  Waiting to meet a couple from out of town interested in seeing my listings, I saw an older lady, in her front yard, that I have talked to often over the years.  Something about the way she was acting seemed off... She seemed to be fretting about something.  I wandered over and said hello and started to talk about nothing in particular.  As we talked, I definitely felt that something was on her mind.  I found out that she wanted to go to the pharmacy in Tottenham, but her daughter was not going to be visiting her until Sunday, and she did not want to wait that long. I knew she doesn't drive anymore...

I told her that I was showing some homes but that I would be finished by 3:00 pm, and that I would gladly take her into town.  She told me that she did not want to bother me or take up my time, and I assured her that it would be my pleasure.

After my appointment, I picked her up, drove into town, walked with her into the new Foodland in Tottenham, and looked at and bought some fresh strawberries while she attended her needs at the pharmacy.  We were back at her home by 3:40 pm.  She was so happy and invited me in for tea and cookies.  I declined for the moment (I had an appointment), but told her that I would drop by the next time I was in the neighbourhood.

In my life, there have been many people who have helped me in many, many ways on so many occasions,  one couple that immediately comes to my mind are now lifelong friends, Al and Peggy Cunningham, people that I could never truly repay... so when I have an opportunity to help someone, even in a very small way, I try and help them if I possibly can...

spending time with a person, helping them and feeling there worries drift away, that truly is priceless.

Chris Smith CSSBB
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Comment balloon 7 commentsChris Smith • June 24 2011 06:44PM


What you did, Chris, IS priceless. I am sure this 'Pay It Forward' would go long way...

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 9 years ago

Chris - What a kind person you are!  This lady will not forget what you have done for her and she will share her story with others.  It just takes a minute to share a smile or a kind word and you went over and above that!

Posted by Pam Miller, Broker Associate - Water Crest on Lake Conroe (Realty Associates) about 9 years ago

This is a fantastic pay it forward Chris and we can so see you doing it!!! It is us that owes you so much kind sir!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Praful, I am sure many other people, seeing what I saw, would do something similar...

Pam, Thank You, There are a lot kind people out there...

Al and Peggy, like I have said before, so many people, teachers, coaches, mentors, neighbours and friends have helped me over the years who I would never be able to pay back... so I feel the urge to pay it forward.  This group has set my antennae up, and I am more receptive to the many opportunities we have each and every day to help people around us =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris - Sometimes when you see older people on a periodic basis, you may notice behaviour changes (or sometimes when you meet one for the first time) that may require medical attention and/or in home care.

Posted by FN LN about 9 years ago

The ultimate pay it forward. When I try to think about being in a position where I need to go somewhere and I have to rely on someone else to make that happen, I just can't imagine. My aunt is in a nursing home, can't drive, so my mom goes and picks up her just to get her out and about at least 4 times a week. My aunt expresses her gratititude every single time because otherwise she'd be completly stuck. I'm sure this woman was incredibly appreciative of your gesture Chris!

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) about 9 years ago


This was a VERY cool thing for you to do.

You've just made a deposit into your account at the Bank of Kharma!

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) about 9 years ago