Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Like a Good Neighbor, Malathionman is There.

Ernie has a friend that lives across the street. Her name is Shasta. She is also a Labrador retriever. We have known Shasta’s mommy and daddy for a couple of years, but really didn’t talk much until we got our Labrador retriever. We wish we had taken the time to get to know them when they first moved into the neighborhood; they are a really nice couple.

About six weeks ago RNC started their family the Malathionman way, with three. The difference is they didn’t adopt. They had triplets instead.

They have had family and friends over to help out most of the last six weeks. We figured that they were getting hammered with visitors so we didn’t want to go over and sneak a peek at the babies until most of that was over.

One thing I had noticed over the last few weeks was that they weren’t able to get any work done on their yard. I thought it would be nice if someone took care of that for them until things got a little more normal for them. Yeah right, like anything will be normal in that house again. But I wasn’t sure how it would be received. I didn’t want them to think I didn’t like looking at the long grass in their front yard. I just wanted to surprise them with something nice. I thought about it for a few days and finally decided to go for it. The next morning after finishing my yard, I grabbed my stuff and Austin and walked across the street and cleaned up their front yard.

I was very proud of Austin. He was very into this random act of kindness. And so was RNC. They were very thankful. They tried to pay us but I would take the money. I told them this was on me. I did tell them that Austin might consider doing their yard on a regular basis. They offered him $20 a week. I told them he would take $10; diapers are going to be expensive. Austin is happy too, he only gets $5 a week from me for the work he does around the house.

It has been about 3 weeks since we became better friends with our neighbors. And it has really paid off. They have had to leave town a couple of times and needed someone to take care of Shasta. They came over and asked, something they have never done before. We were happy to do it cause guess who will take care the frog, lizard, fish, and two weenie dogs while we are on vacation next week? RNC.

Here is the baby announcement that they made themselves. I thought it was pretty cool.


Stacy said...

What a great gift you have given them. I love the announcement and the names.

Chris said...

This is how neighbors and neighborhoods used to work when we were kids. Nice job keeping it alive! And it was a good lesson for Austin. Hopefully he'll pay it forward sometime latter.

And as a golf course guy, did you put a cup and a flag somewhere in the yard? That would have been awesome!

Mocha said...

When you're THIS syrupy sweet I have nothing but kind things to say.

You must be an awesome neighbor. Those baby butts are too much cuteness for me to take in right now.

When you're this great a dad to Austin I'm almost afraid of you.

White Hot Magik said...

That is so sweet without being over the top. Those babies are dolls.