"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Giving it away: Friendship edition

Funny thing happened at the Placentia Heritage Day Festival on Saturday. I made up a nice sign to direct people to drop their business cards in a bowl for a chance at winning one of my fabulous prizes. I have several of those plastic holders to set on a table and hold signs, so I packed one for the sign with the prices on it and one with the "Don't Just Stand There, Win Something" sign.

When I unpacked at the park... one of the plastic holders was broken. Annihilated. Unfixable.

So I didn't put out the Win Something sign and I didn't give anything away.


But their loss is possibly your gain. I'm giving away Hit or Missus items today. I have one tote bag and two mugs, all of which have the cover art and the slogan, "A friend will help you move. A good friend will help you move a body."

All you have to do is share with me. You can do it in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter or Google Plus. Give me one story of how far you've gone to help a friend.

I'll choose three winners, based on either the sweetness or outlandishness of the deed.

Ready, set, go!


Unknown said...

The most life-and-death situation I can remember was when a friend called me late one night and told me she was thinking of ending her life.

I kept her on the phone for some time and thought I'd convinced her not to do it. I didn't know where she lived, so couldn't go over there myself. I called the police and gave them her phone number, which they used to find her address and send someone over to check on her.

She told me later that the officer that came to see her was thoughtful and gentle, and stayed with her for some time to make sure she was all right.

Gayle Carline said...

Wow, what a caring friend you are!

kat. said...

I have a very dear friend around the corner from where I live. She had a closed brain injury many years ago, then surgery to remove part of her brain to stop grand mal seizures. Now, she still has mild seizures and has very little short-term memory, yet is the most up-beat and fun person to be with. We do a lot together - crocheting, making cards, walking - and if we repeat the same conversation a couple times, no biggie. I taught her how to crochet - took nearly a year, but she now knows 2 stitches and makes beautiful afghans, with a little help on the turns.
I spend time with her because I want to and she brightens my life.

Gayle Carline said...

I thought I'd get comments about late-night, possibly-questionable activities after two many tequila shots and enough double-dog-dares. Instead, I'm getting these sweet, caring, poignant tales.

You guys are great!

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