The thank-you card simply said, “I have been quite surprised with the outpouring of attention this little surgery has brought.” (our little group of friends made sure there were flowers and balloons waiting for her when she got home from the hospital.) My first thought was, “Really?”
I have known my friend since we were teenagers. She was always the first person to mention taking a friend out for a birthday lunch. She never forgot to call or send a get-well card when a friend was sick. If someone in the neighborhood needed a ride to the doctor and she was available, she offered.
Over the years, she has continued to be a rock for friends and family. Always thinking of others before herself. She would bring the cupcakes, remembering who liked chocolate and who liked vanilla. She made sure to have birthday candles in her purse, and arranged for everyone to sign a card she picked up for the group.
And, if you needed a friend to listen patiently and keep your secrets, my friend was and is ALWAYS there.
So, why she is surprised that her friends are standing in line to offer help, bring her lunch, and visit to help make her day go by faster surprises me.
There is no question that we get out of this world what we put into it. If someone were to ask you, “What kind of karma would you expect if you needed help from your friends and family?”
What would you say?