A few weeks back I was sitting in the audience of my son’s middle school band concert waiting for it to start. A friend stopped by to talk. She was talking to me about the damage she had during this past winter. Almost everyone I know had damage to walls or ceilings. Her damage was in her bathroom. She wondered if I could take a look at it and see if I thought I could fix it.
I have learned over the last several years of being married to a do-it-yourselfer how to actually repair walls, prime and paint them. I have pretty much redone all the walls and ceilings in my entire house. So I was glad to help her out.
To make a long story short I took on the job to repair the ceiling and paint it. So over a little less than a week it took me to use joint compound, sand, prime and paint her ceiling. I did it while she was at work so it didn’t interfere with her family’s time at home. I made sure to clean up every day and there was no trace that I had been there except for slow improvements in the ceiling.
So I finished it and she was very pleased with how it looked. She told me she would pay me soon. I reminded her that I didn’t want anything. We are friends and friends do things to help friends out. I wasn’t looking for anything. I was glad I could help her.
Yesterday it was her turn to drive our kids to swimming and her son ran into the house and handed me a gift card to Wegmans (our local grocery store). Without looking at the back side of the gift card, I told him to tell his mom that was not necessary but thank you. So he left and they headed to swim class.
I took a closer look at the gift card and noticed that the gift card was for $200. I was glad I was sitting down. I grabbed my phone and immediately called her. Her son picked up the call in the car and I told him to tell his mom that was way too much. She got on the phone and said, “No, it isn’t. You did me a huge favor and I didn’t have to deal with contractors. It looks great.” I told her I didn’t expect anything for fixing her ceiling but I was grateful for her gift.
This was my “small moment” for the day. It is nice to help out your friends never expecting payback. I so appreciated the fact that she felt it necessary not to take advantage of our friendship by paying me for my time and work. I still would have done it for free but it is always nice to know you are appreciated for your efforts.
If you feel comfortable sharing a “small moment” or two with me I would love to hear from you.
Here’s to many “small moments ” in your day!! And appreciative friends!!