Chris' Corner: Pay it forward in our own "backyard"

Pay it forward in our own "backyard"

We live on a rural road north of Tottenham Ontario.  There are probably twelve homes dotted along the mile and a half stretch between Tottenham Road and Townline.  People who make the choice to live in the country, do so for a variety of reasons, and one of them normally is to seek a sense of privacy rarely afforded in town.

That said, we also tend to support our neighbours, much like everyone else who knows and likes their neigbours would do.  Our neighbour's lawn seemed to be longer than usual.  We, on the other hand, tend to let our lawn grow longer and mow less often.

I saw the wife and mother addressing a flower bed when I drove home from work yesterday evening, and decided to walk through the trees (little need for any type of privacy fence) and talk with them.  They told me that their lawn tractor was being repaired.  We engaged in some small talk and I walked back and went inside about 8:45 p.m. last night.

This morning when I was mowing our lawn, I decided to help my neighbour out.  I drove across and mowed their lawn for them.  Their lot is regular, flat and treed only on the edges, so it is very easy to mow.  It took me an additional thirty minutes to give it a quick cut and I managed to finish by 10:30 this morning.  Now, if I was really feeling energetic, I would have gone out there and edged with the weed wacker, but that can take hours...

I hope that John and Anna feel good when they drive home tonight to see a fresh cut lawn, I know I do.

In my life, there have been many people who have helped me in so many ways on many occasions... One couple that immediately comes to my mind have been my friends for more than twenty years and I feel like they are my second family.  I can never repay Al and Peggy Cunningham for all that they have done for me, so when I have the chance to help someone, anyone, even in a very small way, I will...

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Comment balloon 4 commentsChris Smith • July 27 2011 12:50PM


well that is a super nice surprise waiting for them when they get home! i'd be thrilled if someone did that for me!

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

Margie, After what feels like months of almost drought like conditions, we have had thunderstorms and/or showers in parts of the last six days straight...the weeds and crabgrass are growing fast, but look more presentable mowed =)

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

I bet that made their day Chris. they were probably dreading the prospect of having to cut it after their mower comes back from vacation. It's nice to have good neighbours like you.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Malcolm, it would make my day ;-)

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