Thankful Thursday:) Thank You Says I Care

20 Sep

“A little “thank you” that you will say to someone for a “little favour” shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen “greater favours”. Learn to say “thank you” and why not?”

― Israelmore Ayivor


Yesterday, the guys from JD’s Make It Green came to cut my grass. This company has been cutting my grass for nearly fifteen years, five years at this house and ten in my last. There’s usually a different crew every few years, it always three Mexican guys crammed in a white truck. And, for fifteen years, I’ve always given them a bag with three cold cans of soda and some sort of snack, either chips, granola bars, cookies or homemade treats. About 90% of the time, I’m home when they come, and I scurry out the door, hand them the bag and say, “Gracias.” They are always appreciative, nod with a slight bow, and say, “Thank you.”

So yesterday, I was still in my Jammie’s when I heard the mowers and blowers humming out back. I quickly got dressed, grabbed my snacks and ran out the front door as they were putting away their equipment. I ran across the street, handed them the bag and said, “Muchas gracias.” They nodded, and I shook the first man’s hand and said,”Y como se llamas?” He replied, “Modesto.” I repeated shaking hands and thanking the other two young men, Esteban and Luis.

They were used to me running out and handing them something cold to drink and a snack, but this was the first time I stopped to ask their names. This makes it so much more personal and sincere. These men work very hard all day, in the blazing heat, and I’m sure they don’t get paid a ton of money and very rarely feel appreciated. Well, I appreciate what they do, SO, I say THANK YOU.

It only takes a few seconds to make someone feel appreciated, and if you feel like going out of your way to do so, you never know how much that might mean to them.

OK, so the funny part is, when I walked back into my house, my alarm system was screeching. When I ran out the door, I had forgotten to turn off the alarm. I didn’t hear it from across the street. Two seconds after I shut it off, the alarm company called to ask if everything was ok because they got a notification. I was embarrassed and explained that I had run outside. So, I had to give my name and secret password for them to believe me.

Thank goodness I remembered after five years. I had to laugh. Well, at least I know the alarm system works and I came back inside before the police were sent out. Now, that would have been embarrassing!

But then again, I would have offered them some brownies along with my apology.

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