Be kind. Always.Posted: March 31, 2015
Some weeks back I posted a question on the Facebook group “I Grew Up in Hemet in the 60’s and 70’s” about whether we should go with Time-Warner Cable or Verizon Fios when we move to Hemet. I got a lot of great responses, and the consensus was almost, but not quite, unanimous in saying “Verizon Fios is great. Don’t even think about trying to deal with Time-Warner Cable.”
One grumpy person had to post, “Why would anyone want to move back to Hemet? Hemet is a great place to be from.”
If you’ve been reading this blog you’ll know exactly why we’re doing this, so I won’t repeat the details here. If you don’t know, click on Heading in a New Direction in the category map to the right and read bottom to top. Be warned, though, that you might get TMI — Too Much Information.
The thing is that you just don’t know what is going on in another person’s life.
I hadn’t spoken to the woman two doors down for literally years. She’s the one who runs a boarding house to pay the mortgage because her husband is an alcoholic and incapable of being responsible. I did speak to her briefly the other day. She told me that she lost her job three years ago (she had a good job in a pharmaceutical company), went back to school, and is now working taking care of the elderly.
The nice young family on the corner put their house on the market. They had bought a pair of Fords at just about the same time: an SUV and a Mustang. The Mustang has disappeared. As I was walking Tasha the other day I heard the husband tell someone, “We’ll probably move to Oregon.” Clearly there must have been a job loss of some kind and they are needing to improvise.
You just don’t know what is going on in another person’s life.
This quote has shown up on Facebook with some regularity:
Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
Be kind. Always.
It’s true. I need to keep reminding myself of this.