I recently had an experience which reinforces the importance of knowing your neighbors. I had just returned from Abilene, after a two-day trip, walked into the back door, and heard water gushing out from my kitchen sink. I tried to turn off the kitchen sink’s water valve without success and couldn’t identify how to stop the water. I threw some towels down and ran across the street to Charles Witt’s house for help. He quickly grabbed his customized water main turnkey and shut my water off. He then help me determine the source of the water leak, which was a compression valve that had popped off. He called our other neighbor, Scott Redfield, verified the solution and corrected the problem. Scott came over the next night and evaluated the rest of my plumbing. Without these lovely men, my house would have had sustained significant damage, and my pocket book would have been hurting.
Please take the time and effort to get to know your neighbors, as you might need them someday. I hope to see you at the February meeting, or consider participating in the Neighborhood float on February 10th (details in Glenda’s article in the Oak Leaflet). If you were not able to attend Fred & Phyllis’s Celebration Tea, you can still show your gratitude for their years of services by contributing to a tree fund in their honor. You can donate at the monthly meeting or via PayPal on our ONA website.
Wishing you a delightful month,