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A Giving Heart


Mrs. Goodbody was proud of herself for helping out the Quinones family that lived down the road from her.  She liked being able to tell her friends at the club that she did her part to feed and clothe the poor.  Last weekend she had taken them groceries, with all the ingredients for a week of carefully planned out meals including the recipe cards.  She said that it was "high time those folks adopted a healthier life style" and learned to eat something other than their usual fare.

About midweek Mrs. Goodbody stopped by the Quinones house with her friend Mrs. Merriweather to drop off a bag of clothes that her grandchildren had outgrown.  "Beggars can't be choosers" she had said when Mrs. Merriweather remarked that some of the items were quite faded and worn.

When the two ladies entered the tiny three-room house where the seven members of the Quinones family lived, Mrs. Goodbody was quick to spot a stack of flour tortillas on the table and bowls of pinto beans in front of the seated children. 

"Why on earth are you serving beans and tortillas when I brought you all that good food?" sputtered Mrs. Goodbody. 

"The food you brought is all gone Senora," Mrs. Quinones replied politely.

"Gone! How can it all be gone?" said Mrs. Goodbody, her voice rising as her face turned crimson.  "I brought you enough food for two meals a day for the whole week!  How could you be so wasteful?" 

"I am sorry Senora," replied Mrs. Quinones humbly, "But the family who lives across the road from us, they had nothing at all to eat, so I gave them half of what we had."

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This post is linked up at Two Shoes Tuesday
where the prompt this week is "share".

26 comments:

  1. I bet this is a true story! I am constantly amazed that those who have so little to give so much more than those who have a lot!
    Great story Josie

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    1. It is a story I was told about by friends on the rez, Brenda, a scenario that occurs more often than one would thing. Folks coming in to "do good" that don't understand the situation or the culture. Sharing whatever you have is the rule, not an exception. If one wants to help, they must first learn to respect the ways of those they are trying to help.

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  2. Some people get it, and some never do. The great BB King says you have to live the blues to truly feel and get it. He is a wise man.
    Great story, Ms. Josie. I believe you get it.

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    1. Than you Annie, you are right. Mrs. Goodbody didn't get it at all, she only saw what she wanted to see, and couldn't look further into her own motivations or what she was expecting in return. Sad really, she had no idea what was eally important!

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  3. What Mrs Goodbody can't understand is that once you have given something away it doesn't belong to you anymore. Mrs Quinones family were being far more generous than she was. They were giving out of love whereas Mrs Goodbody gave for kudos and pride. The Quinones children are learning a fine lesson. A wonderful piece of writing for this season Josie.

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    1. Amen Old Egg! Mrs Goodbody truly knew nothing about the spirit of giving, you don't give from your castoffs and left overs, you give the best, you share what you have freely, and then when you have given you release it. What they do with that is up to them. Mrs Quinones did what was right, she couldn't let her neighbors do with nothing when she had the blessing of food to share. She did teach her children well!

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  4. Ms Oldegg got it exactly right! And you have a precious mind.

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    1. Thank you Lotta Joy! I agree, Old Egg saw the situation correctly!

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  5. Tis better to give than receive they say and I believe that to be true.
    If I have it so do you ...that is the way it is supposed to be and I adhere to that no matter how dire the straits.
    glad Mrs Quinones is the same way. Now Mrs Goodbody needs to live on the streets pushing a cart with all her worldly possessions for a while her attitude would change in a hurry!
    Oh my look how that story pulled me in ...LOL

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    1. So true Len, Mrs. Goodbody never had to be the one wearing the hand-me-down rags and eating beans, did she? If she had she would understand the unwritten code that says, as you note, that you share whatever you have, you take care of each other... and it's never about the appearance of being charitable, using it to brag about diminishes the blessings that charity bestows on the heart.

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  6. In a weird way, this story reminded me of my weekend. A party for employees was made all about what the owner wanted. The generous gesture was soured by the disapproving strings that were attached.

    Very timely.

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    1. I've encountered this before too, Monkey, parties planned to please a boss that didn't appeal to the employees at all, sometimes they lose sight of who/what is supposed to be the focus of the party. One was a suit and tie required affair for mechanics and partsmen who didn't even own suits and ties and would have loved steaks and cold beer!

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  7. I see this sort of behavior sometimes when I pick my daughter up from school. There is one child who has a nanny who picks her up. She is pleasant, but a little shy. The other day, one of the wealthier moms (the one who bought matching designer socks for the whole girl's basketball team because she thought it looked "unsightly" when the girls just wore their own socks with their uniforms...)lugged in a box of cheap Harlequin romances and triumphantly gave them to the nanny. "Our maid is finished with these," she said, pointing to the books. "I'm sure you will like them, so help yourself." I've spoken to the nanny a few times and had learned that she was getting her masters degree in Russian Literature. She smiled down at the books and thanked the woman. On the way out, I asked her if she wanted help carrying them. Liv took the box from her and carried it to her car. "You live by the library, don't you?" she asked. I said yes. "Can you just donate them to the library the next time you go?" I laughed and told her that we'd be happy to do so. It still irks me that this wealthy woman thought that simply because this woman was a nanny, that she read trashy romance novels.

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    1. Oooh! The nanny was much more gracious than I would have been! Nothing bothers me more than snobbish people! And I detest people who pass on things they should have put in the dumpster. If you wouldn't want your child to be seen in it, why is it good enough for someone else?

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    1. Thanks Joseph! Great to see you back in blogland! :-)

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  9. I loved the ending to this story. the Quinones family, thinking of others, was truly touching!

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    1. Thanks, Robin! And it's a very realistic scenario, Robin, those who have little, tend to be far more compassionate and sharing with others in the same situation than those who have a lot and hold on to it tightly.

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  10. My sister and I have a saying....I know how to be poor and I am glad for that !!! It allowed me to know how to give to those who need it not from my needs.
    strange how we grasp this when we weren't even raised together, it shows that those who have big hearts know how to use them like the family in your story the shared with their heart not obligation. Thanks for hosting Josie there is some good sharing going on this week!!

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    1. I agree about big hearts, J. I do know some people who have never gone without, yet are extremely generous and caring with what they have. But it is also true that if you have once been in that place of stuggling to make do, you have a special understanding of the needs and how it feels. It truly has been a good week for sharing!

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    1. I'm not sure about brilliant, Louise.:-) To me it is a no-brainer. But apparently there are folks in the world who would benefit from a bit of re-education about the true nature of giving, and what it truly means to care. The point of this post was just to start some thinking!

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  12. Very poignant. Reminded me of "Gift of the Magi."

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