Being Helpful

Being Helpful

This past weekend I had an all around positive exchange that set a bright example of the helpfulness of community and bartering. My family required someone with maintenance skills to fix our tractor, and found someone (a man named James) who lived 15 minutes away. When he arrived, he happened to bring his girlfriend (Danielle), who also has mechanical knowledge along with him.

As he worked, we conversed about farm life, as we both happen to live on acreage and have farm animals. Danielle mentioned that she gets enjoyment from taking scrap wood and metal and turning them into new objects, such little houses and chicken perches for the animals to entertain themselves with. She also mentioned that she required more fencing for animals she intends to adopt or purchase.

Given that my family used to have various large animals, we had plenty of unused animal fencing as well as wood, old animal houses, and metal that we intended to have shipped away by a junk hauling company. We happily gave this to Danielle and James, who in turn disassembled the fencing for us at no cost, and graciously charged nothing for their mechanic services. It was a win-win, the start of a new friendship, and a fine example of community coming through.