Society and our dear children have encouraged Shelly and me to stay home. Don’t shop at the store. Don’t go get that pizza. Don’t leave the house. And we have abided by their wishes and we're touched by their concern.
We – via instant messaging on our new constant companion, the cell phone – were put in touch with a kind couple of Ridgefield neighbors who have graciously made three grocery “runs” for us. We are doing fine enjoying our time indoors …and eating regularly and happily. Thanks to Liana and Joe Furneri. On Friday they made their most recent delivery of good goodies and goods. A laden box and three bags of supplies. Delivered quietly to our front porch.
Shell and I brought the largesse into the kitchen and began unpacking it. Everything on our list was there. With one addition. The last item we lifted from the bundle …was a bouquet of flowers. Sun yellow tulips at the tops of bright green stems. Singing of spring. And the kindness of neighbors. We have never met face-to-face. But Liana and Joe are two of the nicest people we know. We have never met face-to-face, but Liana and Joe are two of our dearest and closest friends. They brought us tulips. They made us smile.
We have never met face-to-face. But we HAVE met heart-to-heart. And we won’t forget. HAPPY EASTER. Indeed.
Editor's note: this beautiful story is shared with the permission of Ira Joe Fisher who published this on Facebook today. It is a testimony to the great people of Ridgefield, and to the nonprofit Compassionate Ridgefield spearheading Neighbors Helping Neighbors initiative. So many reasons to feel joy, right here.