There have been many times in my life when I have been amazed and humbled by the generosity and kindness of people in our community. Once again I have been the recipient of these acts when I had surgery recently.

On August 7, I had major surgery. I could not drive for four weeks and I was extremely limited in my activity. I became the ultimate couch potato, sleeping and watching reruns of Law and Order. I did, however, get to spend some real quality time with my dogs, Raven and Coco. They did not know why I was home so much, and didn’t really care.

During the month of August and the first week of September I had several follow-up visits to the doctor and one outpatient surgery. Not being able to drive meant that I had to find someone to take me. Luckily for me I had enough friends who are retired or could take off work to help me out.

The bigger issue was with my sister, Jan. She volunteers five days a week at Wahl School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan doesn’t drive, so arranging for transportation to get her to and from school every weekday was extremely challenging. Then, of course, there was church on Sundays and other activities during the week.

This is where our community excels. We were fortunate enough to have almost 15 people help us with transportation and another 10 or so provide food. We could not have done this without the friends, church members, co-workers, and neighbors who reached out to help. And it was done without complaint – with a spirit of concern and compassion – and love.

Whatever your feelings about this community, it’s hard to deny that we have wonderful, caring citizens who look out for each other. Jan and I are forever grateful and look forward to opportunities to return the favor in helping those who helped us.