A friend of mine is going through a rough time. She's ill and at home and, because I'm allergic to animal hair and she has 2 dogs and a cat, I can't go over and rub her feet and make chicken soup.
This is a friend that I met on a contract 5 jobs ago. We've been friends ever since. She babysits for Muffin Man. He calls her "Auntie [Friend's Name]." She's family.
She was bemoaning the fact that she couldn't even clean the house and so...
I asked her permission to send over and pay for a cleaning service. At first she said, "No." I argued. She was adamant. I gave up.
A little later she called me back and said, "If you were sick, I'd be doing what I could to help you. What kind of a friendship do we have if I can't accept the same in return?"
So yesterday, her house was cleaned for her. And I still feel like it's a poor substitute for chicken soup.
Through My Glasses, Dorkily
5 years ago