How do you measure a person’s worth? There are more ways to measure this than I can count and 1000’s of years of philosophical, economic and theological debate on the subject.
This month I have come to the conclusion that a person’s worth is measured by the deeds they do and friends they have. Kevin and I have amazing friends. They are giving, kind and generally AMAZING. They have given up their weekends, some everyday of every weekend for a month to transform our yard so Kev can continue to use it as his health and mobility decline.
I am not comfortable asking for help. I am incredibly independent. It is hard for me to admit that I cannot manage by myself. Don’t panic. For the most part, we are doing fine. However, our yard was a mess. A retaining wall had fallen down and the slope and stairs are not conducive to a person with mobility issues. See the before pictures:
Before: The steps
Before: The Entertaining Area (Sarcasm)
Before: The Garden (Sarcasm)
Before: The Retaining Wall
I was telling our friend, Jackie Brown, about getting someone in to fix the wall. Jackie informed me that there were a number of people who had been asking her how they could do something for Kev and this would be something they could do. My immediate reaction was no way.
It took me a long time to agree to Jackie’s plan but eventually I caved in. She can be very persuasive. So we developed a plan and I put it out on Facebook. This is what happened:
During: Jack Hammering out the steps
During: Retaining Wall Construction
The wall grows
The rubble pile grows
Just like an ant colony
Where did all that rubble go?
The cement arrives
Screeding (is that a word)
The bones are up
The Deck nearing completion
The roof goes on
The undercover entertaining area
As you can see, there has been an amazing amount of work done. We have discover that our friends are the most valuable of assets that Kev and I have. We know have a low maintenance yard that has disabled access.
The yard is looking great
The beginnings of a hedge
New clothes line and grass not weeds (Honey is a little unsure of the new grass)
I will never be able to thank all of those who came and helped. Many of you commented that this is what our community should be like. There is no SHOULD. This IS what our community is like. You are generous, hard working, beautiful people. Thank you seems so inadequate. I will try and acknowledge all of you but first I need to acknowledge a few people for going above and beyond.
Firstly, Jackie and Ian Brown. We are incredibly lucky to have you in our lives. Thank you for being the driving force behind this. It would not have happened without you. I don’t know what I did in a past life to deserve you guys in this one but it must have been good. As a side note, I highly recommend getting at least 1 ‘doer’ in your friendship group. It also helps if they are an ‘organiser’ as well.
Next, Glen and Karen Craft. Thank you for being Kev’s voice of reason as his frontal lobe functioning diminishes. I will be forever grateful to you for having our back.
I also need to thank Geoff Piper and the Piper and Texieria families. What can I say? You have turned an area that I thought Kev would eventually be unable access into a space he will be able to use for a long time. Thank you for your expertise and back breaking work in concreting and brick laying.
The rest of you all deserve your own paragraph but I will be here forever. So a massive thank you to all of those who helped, whether is person or in the form of sending food or alcohol. You are all amazing and are listed here in alphabetical order:
Michael and Leanne Brake
De and Ian Backhouse
Brian and Angel Bowman
The Davis family
Donna and David Drain
The Erler family
Jason and Helen Hedley
The Kanaris family
Belinda and Darren Monkman
Louise and David Morgan
The Moss family
The Reynolds family
Gary Richards and Niki Kallenberger
Heike and Ben Roberts
Jan and Ross Smith
The Rudd family
The Stutchbury family
Molly and Demi Westwood
Clearly Kev and I have have done something right along the way. We are blessed to have so many generous people in our lives.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.