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Posted Monday, July 28, 2008, at 2:11 PM

I owe, what I can't seem to figure out is how to pay my debt. We've got some what I have to say are really great neighbors. I've mentioned before that we've gotten help in the form of heavy lifting, dirt moving and gravel spreading, but I may not have mentioned that some weed spraying and concrete removal have been accomplished as well. Today a JD4330 shows up with a field mower on the back and made short work of a rather large area that needed the exact type of mechanism used.

Now every time these fine folks show up and make short work of what Margie and I figured to be a rather large job, we offer to pay for fuel, chemicals, or whatever we can, but our benefactors just smile and drive off into the sunset. I know that chemicals and fuel cost money, so here I sit trying to figure out what I can do to repay some of their kindness and helpfulness.

I'm thinking that if I can convince them to train me, I'll gladly offer free help in exchange. Maybe I can run a tractor when time is short and much needs to get done, be a gofer, truck driver, or whatever. I've driven some pretty big equipment when I was in the Air Force and have a proven record of being able to be trained, so maybe they would take the chance on an unpaid helper trying to learn the ropes.

I guess I just want to be as good a neighbor to them as they are to us, and since they won't let me pay for their expenses to take care of my property, maybe I can repay them by lending a hand when things get hectic. Only problem, to be helpful, I need to be fully trained before the help is needed.

Then again... they may feel that trying to train a city slicker to do farm work is a lot more work than the work that could be accomplished without training said city folk. In which case the only currency they seem to accept is a heart felt Thank You!

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I betcha that, if asked, all of your great neighbors would simply love to see you develop into a great neighbor, friend, and be available to do as you just offered. But, then, you already know, and do the above.

In Christ, Shalom. Arley

-- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, Jul 28, 2008, at 10:33 PM

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