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post #21 of 29 Old 07-18-2013, 10:03 PM
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I love all these stories! It is just amazing what people do for each other, I love it.

I live in coastal Texas and hurricane Rita hit in 2005. It was the fourth strongest hurricane observed in the gulf of Mexico and was headed right for us(I live 45 minutes from Galveston) So we packed up our animals including our two horses and set out on the road due to mandatory evacuation. Twenty hours later, we had only gone the distance that we can normally travel in one hour. It was dark, we were all exhausted, my mare hadn't drank anything and was quickly becoming severely dehydrated(doesn't help with 100+ degree temps and sitting at a stand still for so long.) So we pulled over on the side of a back road and planned to sleep there.

Just as we settled down, this truck drove down the road and stopped beside us. It was a local family asking if we needed help. Whenever my dad told them that we were just pulled over for the night, they invited us to stay at their house. So off we go to this complete strangers' house and everyone piles out. Their neighbors owned a pasture and we were able to let the horses stay there, saving my mare. We stayed there for two or three days, making friends, having barbecues. I was only 12 at that time so couldn't really appreciate it, but I sure do now.

Needless to say, Rita actually lost a lot of power and hit as a weak Category 3 and quickly degenerated into a tropical storm. But we were safe and so were our ponies.

I also cannot say enough good things about my vet and farrier. My vet has been so generous when it comes to Henny's medical bills. He knows my situation and how I pay for everything for him. From November to March he was at the vet at least once a month. Check-ups, getting gelded, shots, acupuncture, radiographs of his feet and it goes on. A few visits, my vet has told me "Don't worry about it" when it comes to paying the bill. I'm very thankful for it. I first met my farrier in January when Henny's feet problems started. Whenever he finished trimming Henny's feet, I asked him how much it would cost. He told me, "Don't worry about. Buy some hoof hardener for him with the money." I appreciate it so much I almost cried LOL. It was only $40 dollars, but I really do appreciate it. He has yet to charge me for a trim and he's come out nearly every two weeks to trim Henny and sometimes my pony. He's given me a rasp, a farrier apron, and TWO sets of nippers that retail at $200 each. He is also letting me "apprentice" under him whenever I get the chance and schedules allow it. I feel like saying thank you is never enough. I'll be getting him a little present to show my appreciation. I'll also be returning his apron when I buy my own and returning a pair of his nippers after I get the pair back that I just sent off to be rebuilt. As a 20 year old solely taking care of a "special needs" yearling, the little things mean a lot to me.
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post #22 of 29 Old 07-18-2013, 10:09 PM
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My Mother was just here visiting, and she blows my mind. If she is awake, and not eating, she is shopping. That is the extent of her life. I shopped more in 2 weeks, than I have in the past 5 years. She shops for a hobby, just to look and spend money on things she didn't think she wanted, before she saw it.

It's like an alternate universe. And when there were things she wanted, and I didn't know where to go for them, she was shocked that I didn't know. My shopping consists of Christmas shopping and the grocery store.
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post #23 of 29 Old 07-19-2013, 12:26 PM
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Not so much about my experiences but more of my late father.
Dad was a good man, he rarely spoke ill of anyone and would always do his best to help anyone out. Never in the way of giving money because he had little, but of himself. He shopped for several folk who could not get out themselves, delivered newspapers to them and checked to see all was well with them.
A character around the town, he was known by all. Always teasing, telling jokes or stirring up an argument he was highly regarded.
His funeral was so attended that people were stood outside and, when the hearse was driven up the High Street, shop keepers were stood at the side of the road to pay their last respects.
People who not only give freely of their money or possessions are even more blessed if they can give of their time and kindness.
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post #24 of 29 Old 07-19-2013, 12:41 PM
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Great thread!

When our son was sick my professional competition and my hubby's family each fund raised for us. Saved us our home.
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post #25 of 29 Old 07-19-2013, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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More great stories. Thank you all for continuing to post these up. Can't wait to read what comes next.

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post #26 of 29 Old 07-19-2013, 04:26 PM
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boots I'm really glad you shared that story. That one really touched me.
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post #27 of 29 Old 07-19-2013, 04:28 PM
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This is a fantastic thread! I love hearing about all the positive stuff that surrounds us :)
Earlier this year, I was ordering my Timmies double double and was told that a gentleman had paid for my coffee. It was a huge shock and I was so dumbfounded.. It was so cool to be on the receiving end of such generosity. I now make it a habit to pay ahead for the next coffee, because it had such an impact on my day.
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post #28 of 29 Old 07-19-2013, 05:05 PM
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This is a fantastic thread! I love hearing about all the positive stuff that surrounds us :)
Earlier this year, I was ordering my Timmies double double and was told that a gentleman had paid for my coffee. It was a huge shock and I was so dumbfounded.. It was so cool to be on the receiving end of such generosity. I now make it a habit to pay ahead for the next coffee, because it had such an impact on my day.
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I saw something on TV about the paying ahead started with a very sick child. Can't recall the story but thought it was a great thing.
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post #29 of 29 Old 07-21-2013, 02:20 AM
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Kayella's story reminded me of my father bringing in a young couple who were going to sleep in ther car when they were stuck in a blizzard. The young man was dressed as a pirate and she was dressed as a gypsy, they had been to a fancy dress party when the storm hit. Ended up staying for four days until the roads out of town were cleared!

It was nothing unusual for my parents to take in waifs and strays and not just the four legged. One lad, under a lot of pressure to do well in his exams, turned up on the doorstep asking if he could stay. He had once been on holiday with my cousin when they were about 10 - he was not recognised as he had grown a bit and was over 6 feet! Mum suspected he had run away, told her cousin to say he was safe but not to reveal where he was. In the end mother and I accompanied him to meet his father. When the father started to berate him about being a failure mum went ino attack mode and told the father that the lad should be allowed to follow the career he wanted to and not the one chosen for him.
This lad went into the music business and is now a very wealthy man - his income is far, far greater than his three older brothers combined who all followed ther fathers wishes as to what they would be! He never forgets mum's birthday, turned up for dad's funeral and always says mum made him who he is.
I will never forget mum, all 5.4" standing up to his father, 6'5" in a bust railway station telling him that he was a bully! Rather like a terrier taking on a Rottweiler and winning.

I am sure there are more good than bad people in this world. Majority of youngsters are fantastic people who will go on to become great adults. Unfortunately it is the not so good that get the attention.

My 2 nieces and nephew are now officially adults. The eldest is going ino teaching in High School. She has chosen to work in a rough area rather than a prestigious school she was offered. The other niece is training for Paediatric nursing and my nephew waiting to get his exam results though he does not want to go to university. He will be fine in life as he is a people person, can charm the birds from the trees, works hard and will no doubt travel far.
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