19 May 2012 Jim Class

“Jim Class” is a feature that airs within The HomeFix Show. Writen by original charter show listener Jim Forrer from Caldwell Idaho, Jim shares his observations, life experiances, and lessons learned in life. Joe Prin reads these at various times in most of the HomeFix Shows. Here is the original written text.

Warm and Fuzzy

Doing for someone else makes you feel good. Sometimes you do something that warms your cockles.

Doing a good deed in secret always gives me a good feeling. I get great enjoyment out of that secret part.

For instance —– An older lady was stopping by to pick up our neighbor and go to church together. The lady took a wide arc of a swing entering the neighbor’s driveway and clipped the fence. She hit the posts on the vinyl rail fence. Now, vinyl fencing is pretty tough and takes abuse most times without permanent damage. The posts sprang back to their upright position, but alas, the rails were on the ground all in disarray. None of the rails were bent or broken, but just allayed there with the look of disheveled appearance.

The lady parked her car, got out so very slowly, and stood there for a very long time contemplating what she had just accomplished. The look on her face was that of utter disbelief. When the neighbor came out to join her, they both stood there for the longest time talking about the situation. With much arm and hand gesturing and head scratching, they decided to go on to church. As they left, both of them kept looking back at the fence and the mess that had occurred. They drove off slowly. Oh, and by the way, she had not been texting.

As soon as they were out of sight, I grabbed my tools and headed across the street. I quickly reassembled the fence. It was just a simple matter of reinstalling the rails and tweaking the posts with tender loving care. It took me all of 10 minutes to accomplish my good deed for the day.

When church service was over, they pulled up to the driveway, got out and once again, just stood there with a look on their faces that I cannot begin to describe.

Nothing was ever mentioned of this affair and no questions ever asked.  Whenever Pat and I think of this event, we both cannot contain our laughter and amusement.  With retelling the story, it gets funnier and funnier.  I always get a warm and fuzzy feeling just thinking about it.