The Kindness of Neighbours

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Flowers for our garden from our neighbour, Eileen Hodgkins.

During our Fish Hooks journey, Tom and I have been touched time and again by the generosity of our neighbours.

They’ve offered us invaluable advice, loaned us tools and equipment, commiserated with us on our very stressful moving day, brought us baked treats and freshly laid eggs, contributed plants for our new garden and generally welcomed us with warmth and kindness.

During our last trip, two experiences in particular reminded me how fortunate we are to be a small part of such a wonderful community.

One of Green Turtle Cay’s second homeowners was waiting for the ferry at the dock across from our house.

When her fellow passengers discovered it was her birthday, they broke into an impromptu (and really terrific) rendition of Happy Birthday right there on the ferry dock. According to the second homeowner, it made her day. I know it did mine.

A week or so after that, I got caught in a rain storm. When I left the house, the wind was coming from the southeast. Since Fish Hooks doesn’t yet have windows, I made sure to close the shutters on that side, in case it rained.

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Frangipani, courtesy of Fannie McIntosh

Unfortunately, while I was out, the wind shifted. And it began to pour. There wasn’t much I could do but sit and wait, imagining rain pouring into the southwest windows.

When the storm eased enough for me to venture out, I rushed home, afraid the house would be flooded. As I rounded the corner, I saw that our shutters were closed. For a minute, I thought perhaps I had closed them and just forgotten.

But when I got inside, I noticed that the back of the settee was damp. Some kind soul — I later discovered it was our neighbour (and my cousin) Curtis — had noticed the open shutters and come over to close them for me.

How fortunate Tom and I are to spend time in a place where people care so much about, and for, each other. In time, I hope we can repay a fraction of the kindness we’ve been shown.

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