Behold How Good and Pleasant

9 Jun

My Take

DiVoran Lites

On my way home from my walk I met one of the neighbors, Chuck, who had helped another neighbor remove the tree that fell on our house during Hurricane Charlie. Chuck was walking very slowly

Author, Poet and Artistallowing his ancient dog to saunter and sniff all he wanted. We spoke as we passed. When I got to the curve in the trail where I leave it, I stopped to make a note of something. There I heard a forlorn meowing from the bushes. It had to be a lost domestic cat. It was. Chuck’s cat big male tiger kitty.

“Your cat is here.” I yelled. He started back and I went back on the trail to meet him. He wasn’t going anywhere and I was on my way home so we turned around and sauntered back toward the neighborhood. The cat came out and twined around Chuck’s ankles.

“He follows us out here, but he doesn’t like to go too far.” Chuck said. We started slowly making our way back into the neighborhood. I told him I’d been walking past his house since his kids were small. The first time I ever saw them they had run out of the house with no clothes on—just little kids being free and happy. Chuck now had all the time in the world to talk to me. His major kid rearing days were about over. They’re off to college next year. He and his wife have been excellent parents. I’ve heard swimming parties from behind their privacy fence, I’ve seen the family coming home from camping, and watched as boy scouts gathered for projects.

When we got to Chuck’s house right off the trail. I said goodbye and Chuck took his dog over to greet a weenie dog they knew and his master.

I felt so blessed to walk with him, pet the cat, greet the dog, and hear about the kids. How wonderful to have watched a family rear good, happy kids who will become ordinary fine Americans and hopefully rear theirs kids the same. How great that this young man, who probably is quite busy during the week, had all the time in the world for an old dog, an old lady, and a cat who clearly adores him.

Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in one neighborhood where people get along and kids can grow up in safety and in love. Paraphrase of Psalm 133.1


3 Responses to “Behold How Good and Pleasant”

  1. Louise Gib son June 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    DiVoran, I, too, have lived in a neighborhood where my children grfew up with neighbors of a 50 yer relationship. They went to school together, rode bikes and played baseball,,
    Now they are all married with children and grandchildren. of their own. Fond mermories. That really dates me, doesn’t it? At 85 I am the sole survivor of the older geneation. We bought our home way back in 1964…served in the Air Force for 221/2 years, but always came ack to our home in Orlando,

    I enjoyed your writing today.


    • Louise Gib son June 9, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

      My computer was down all day today. Very frustrating. That was to explain why I am responding so larte in the day.


  2. timelessitaly June 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    How refreshing to know neighborhoods like this still exist today!


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