Kindness Fridays

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A newly published book. A debut author event. The creative generosity of a neighbor.

My husband and I are very fortunate to live in a neighborhood where those neighbors in close proximity to our house watch out for each other, support each other, and care when things seem a bit too quiet at one of those closely proximate houses.

When my novel, Requiem for the status quo, was released this past summer, I let these neighbors know of future author events just in case they were interested in attending. Thus far four of our neighbors – that’s more than half of those closely nearby – have attended my events.

The first event was the most stressful one of course because although I was given the gift of gab early on in life, gabbing about a book in which much time and emotion had been devoted was something else entirely. I hadn’t slept well the night before; my stomach was all topsy-turvy; and quite frankly, I just wanted to get the darn event over with. Fast forward a couple months.

Two of my neighbors, Eva and her husband, Ian, attended that event. The other night, they gifted me with a carefully, creatively, crafted photo book documenting the evening. Ian offered that his wife, Eva, was truly the authoress of the bound photo book that so exquisitely and intimately provided a photo diary of my debut event.

22 pages of photos that documented my first author event!!!!!

I’m certain you all have experienced times in your life when positive happenings were in short supply? That’s where I found myself earlier this week until Eva and Ian walked across the street and infused my day/week/month with glad tidings and generous wishes.

That, my friends, is a kindness that will last forever.



10 thoughts on “Kindness Fridays

    nrhatch said:
    October 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    That’s a great gift! Glad you have the kind of neighbors who are KIND!

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      Irene Olson responded:
      October 7, 2017 at 6:23 am

      We’ve lived in this house for 15 years and have had the same neighbors all that time. It’s really quite nice and affirming.


    Luanne said:
    October 6, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Oh wow, what an incredibly thoughtful and meaningful gift! Very few people in this world would take the time to do something like that. What special people, and you must be so special to them!

    Liked by 1 person

      Irene Olson responded:
      October 6, 2017 at 11:53 am

      All us neighbors kind of form a mutual admiration society in our little corner of the world.

      Liked by 1 person

    laura bruno lilly said:
    October 6, 2017 at 10:17 am

    such kindnesses are sweetness to our soul…
    keep letting us know of these types of gestures as they help (me) navigate some of these current rocky roads of ickiness too prevelant in today’s society.

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    Jill Weatherholt said:
    October 6, 2017 at 7:45 am

    What a thoughtful gift. You are blessed with wonderful neighbors, Irene.

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      Irene Olson responded:
      October 6, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Yes, we are. It was her husband who walked across the street and gave us a pair of solar eclipse glasses when in response to his query as to whether or not we were watching and I said we didn’t have protective glasses.

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