Throughout last week’s move to our new apartment, I kept realizing how valuable it is when friends just show up.

Stacy taking break? NEVER, she's helping to flatten out the carpet that got wrinkled in the move.

Stacy taking break? NEVER, she’s helping to flatten out the carpet that got wrinkled in the move.

Like Stacy Varghese who availed herself to packing, unpacking and cleaning.  So did Bill and Betty Swann. This couple saved the day with the use of their SUV, running load after load across town amidst traffic, all with the greatest of smiles and attitudes. Betty cleaned and organized, Bill sat in the car waiting and keeping us from getting tickets. They kept saying what a blessing it was to help, when clearly WE were the beneficiaries.

Gerard transforming our entry with his excellent wallpaper skills

Gerard transforming our entry with his excellent wallpaper skills

Then generous Gerard gave up his day off to help hang wallpaper. Who knew he was such a master paper-hanger?!  Turns out he paid his way through college doing this kind of work, matching every panel perfectly, to my constant oohs and aahs. He literally whistled while he worked, transforming our outdated 80’s wallpaper into a little jewel-box of an entry. We call it our Gerard room now, and hope he’ll walk through our door time and again.

Stopping for a break to enjoy Darcy's scrumptious gourmet lunch

Stopping for a break to enjoy Darcy’s scrumptious gourmet lunch

And let’s not forget Darcy, our new neighbor and dear friend, who showed up with a lavish lunch that fed us for days, stocking our fridge with treats galore, all elegantly served amidst boxes and workmen. Martha Stewart has nothing on this lady, and we have nothing but gratitude for all she gives.

All of these friends remind me that “just showing up,” is the best sign of friendship. You may not know what’s needed, but you come anyway. You call, you ask, you give what you have to give, not waiting for an invitation or permission. Oh how I want to be more like this, even amidst busy schedules that tempt us to become so self-focused, when the real joy in life is giving ourselves away.

So thank you friends, for MOVING US to humble receptivity, and a fresh understanding into the ways of true community.

Celebrating Bill Swann's 70th' b'day Fri. night after the Swanns (right) and Darcy and Steve Plimpton (left) made our move happen.

Celebrating Bill Swann’s 70th’ b’day Fri. night after the Swanns (right) and Darcy and Steve Plimpton (left) made our move happen.

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