Monday, October 24, 2011

Asking for Help

I am not good at asking for help.  Well unless I am being lazy on the sofa and want my husband to refill my water.  Then I am all for asking (read: whining) for help.

I am good at offering help though.  Helping others is how I enjoying contributing good to the world around me.  Cooking meals, offering to watch a friend's kid, watching over a house while someone is away, providing helpful moving information to a potential Faroite..... I love being helpful in someway or another. 

But when it is my turn to ask for help... well I cannot help but feel like a pain.  Not that I am striving to be that Super Mom that does everything!  That is definitely not me.  I just know that other people have busy lives and busy schedules and I hate to interrupt their lives.

Today though, I had to ask for help.  I needed to arrange childcare for the week after I arrive in Faro.  We just recently had a dayhome open up in town and I am taking advantage of that.  However, having both kids in it all week was going to get expensive.  So I asked some friends for help to fill in the gaps.  Of course they are amazing and I have a few offers in already.

Perhaps it was the crazy drugs I am on, but when a friend offered to take them for a large portion of the week, I started to cry!  I am so thankful that we live in a small community where people look out for each other.  A couple of friends have offered to cook a couple of meals for Matt and boys once we get back as well.  I am blessed to be surrounded by such amazing friends.

How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston

4 comments:

Roberta said...

My mom used to say "you reap what you sow". You give to your friends in so many ways, now they are giving back!

Way Way Up said...

Glad things worked out for you. We can SO relate to your plight. The biggest irony for us here is that while Lisa has held onto a few daycare kids (the ones that don't destroy the house and get along with our own kids), finding a reliable sitter in this town is a MASSIVE pain in the you-know-where.

Allmycke said...

That's what 'paying it forward' is all about.
Don't feel bad about needing the help of your friends and neighbours at a time like this - I'm sure you'll repay it in spades as time goes by.

jozien said...

Kara!
you had your surgery! that is so exciting, i am sure not easy yet, i will read on after i say hi.
Hi! How are you doing? :)
xxx