When we were kids, our neighbors were frequently respectable and trustworthy adults. They are the ones who see us grow up and mature; they are the ones we can go to if we need help when our parents aren’t there.
Reading this tale will convince anyone who doubts the existence of good neighbors to reconsider their position.
The epitome of Christmas kindness was demonstrated by a senior from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, who purchased the young girl who lives next door to him gifts for the next 14 years.
In October of this year, 87-year-old Ken Watson passed suddenly, but not before he packed a sack full of wrapped gifts for Cadi, the 2-year-old daughter of his neighbors Owen and Caroline Williams.
“She phoned around yesterday night and was on the porch with what seemed to be a trash bag, so I simply added two and two and I got 18,” said Dad Owen. She seemed to want me to dispose of some trash for her.
“I responded right away, ‘Yep, no problem. I was very taken aback when she said, “These are the things that dad has left for Cadi for Christmas.”
It was like Mary Poppins’ bag when I walked into the kitchen since my wife was FaceTiming her mother in Ireland. I continued taking things out and more kept appearing.
Owen conducted a Twitter poll shortly after posting about the admirable deed, asking followers if they should open and then rewrap the gifts. Or play the lottery till 2032?
When we first moved in, in September 2015, Ken was standing on top of two sections of scaffolding at the front of his 1920s home, which was quite high. He was using a ladder like a pogo stick to leap from one scaffold to the next.
“I gave a double take and muttered, ‘What on Earth do I do?’ to a neighbor. and while bouncing the ladder, he added, “I have no idea.” Then I said hello to him when he came down to see me, and we offered him a bottle of wine.
When we only had the dog at the time, he asked if he could give her a snack. It was a chocolate biscuit, and I replied no because dogs shouldn’t eat chocolate. Being 80 or so, he just disregarded me and handed the dog a chocolate biscuit nevertheless.
Owen is now urging people worldwide to make an effort to get to know and interact with their own neighbors. “How many individuals don’t genuinely know their neighbors,” he observed in response to one of the texts he had received.
“I would add that although our friends and family are always there for us, they are not physically present for you. On the other hand, your neighbors are literally and geographically in the home next door or just across the street.
“You can always turn to your friends and family in a crisis, but theoretically your neighbors are always there. They are the ones who would come to your aid in the event of a home fire or if the slates on your roof came off.
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