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Helping Others

Do you know the joy of helping somebody else?

To me, there’s no greater gift that I can give another than to help.

I don’t mean just in monetary ways.

Just taking the time to do a kind gesture for a person.

Not because you have to, but because you want to.

You may be thinking, I can’t make ends meet now.

Helping others isn’t about money.

There are as many different ways to help somebody as there are crayon colors.

And Crayola makes some mighty big boxes of crayons, nowadays!

For instance, here are a few ways to help others:

Hold a door open for a person.

Get something off a high shelf for a shopper.

Put a persons shopping cart away for them.

Allow somebody with fewer items to go in front of you at checkout.

Share your umbrella with another in the rain.

Help carry somebodies shopping bags.

Send a card to a friend or family member just because.

Take time to listen when someone needs to talk.

Take a coworker a coffee one morning out of the blue.

Treat a friend to lunch.

Take food to a family that has lost a loved one.

Help a person rake leaves.

Help weed the flowerbed.

Volunteer to cut the grass.

Take time just to visit a neighbor.

Offer to babysit for a single parent, to give them some “me” time.

Stop and buy that box of girl scout cookies.

Give to the fireman, the Shriners, and other organizations, even if it’s just a dime.

Smile at everybody you see and say hello.

Visit a Senior Citizens home, and just sit and visit with one or two.

Volunteer at your Church for projects and tasks.

Shovel the snow from a driveway.

Offer a hug when someone is hurting.

Spend a few extra dollars at Christmas for a gift for a child, that won’t have anything.

Clean out your closet and donate to others that could use your clothes or shoes.

Donate those extra winter coats and gloves for others.

Drop off books to the jails or prisons.

Volunteer at a library, or hospital, or anywhere people are needed.

Volunteer to read stories to children at your local elementary school.

Just simply show kindness everywhere you go.

If you take the time to think about this,

You will come up with a lot more ideas.

And just imagine if we all just showed kindness and did one small gesture a day,

How much happier the people in this world would be.

The recipient will feel that someone cares, and you will feel a blessing in your heart.

So what are you waiting for?

Let’s all go help somebody, in some little way.

I promise you both will be blessed for it!!!

Til next time, dear friends!!!!

Those Ol’ Mom & Pop Places

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Do ya’ll remember back in the day, when going out to eat was a little mom and pop place?   Long before all the chain restaurants took over every city and town.  You know what I’m talking about, I hope!

You walk in and they say “Well hey there Christine, how you doing, your usual?”   Those little places are fading so very fast. 

Growing up, there was this little place like that…. it was called Caesars.  I never asked how the Bramlett’s came up with the name, but it was a true picture of the mom and pop place!!! 

 I wish I could tell you the image above is of that cafe, but unfortunately, it’s not.  Times have changed, they have gone on home to heaven, and the store went with them so to speak.  But, oh back in the day, it was the best place to go.  Actually, in our little community it was the only place to go; but oh how we loved it!!!

You could stop by,  ya’ll know each other and the family members by name.  You’d hear…  Gary, get that hay up?     Connie, how’s the kids?       Hoyt that sure was a good sermon Sunday, wasn’t it?    Times sure have changed,  I miss those days.

And oh my, Mrs. Bramlett sure could cook and bake.  She would make the best biscuits this side of heaven.  Everything was from scratch, and you could taste the love in her food.  And how many were in that kitchen cooking each day, just one, her the entire day. They would open really early in the morning and not close till the evening, 6 days a week.  Closed on Sunday’s of course, Church and a day of rest!!!

Why you could get some gas and oil, have a bite to eat, grab a soda and candy bar, or some good old country housewares, all in one stop. 

But most important of all…. you would get a great big dose of friendship and blessings, a friendly slap on the back, a good firm handshake or a hug, even a prayer here and there!  

I hope you had the pleasure of growing up and having stores and cafes like that in your own little part of the world.  A true honest to goodness little place, but where the biggest part of fellowship, food and just good old stories and laughter would take place!!   

Times sure have changed…. 

I sure miss those times….. those were the days!!!

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