Loved Ones Were There in Time of Need

A reader shares the story of how friends and family stepped in during her time of need.


Sarah's neighbors let her sleep in their home in her time of need.

Photo By Fotolia/David Hughes

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My life has been filled with many good things — and still is today. I had a great marriage, a terrific family, and a job I loved. I truly couldn’t have asked for more. My husband and I were happily married for more than a quarter of a century, until he passed away, leaving me to cope with life on my own. Because my husband, as well as my family and friends, helped mold me into a strong person, I was able to move on with my life without him. Of course, I did have help from friends and family, and I’m forever grateful that they were there for me in my time of need.

My son, who had a growing family of his own at the time, was there for me whenever I needed anything. He, too, was hurting, and he stopped by several times a week to make sure I was OK.

Good Neighbors, Good Friends

Friends rallied and helped as only good friends can. Because I was afraid to stay alone, my neighbor, whom I had been friends with for more than 20 years, let me sleep at her house for several weeks after I lost my husband. I would get ready for bed, gather my pillow and walk over to her house each night about 10 o’clock. Once there, I would watch the news with her and her husband, and then we would all retire for the night. The next morning, I would walk home and begin my day. Only the best of friends would have done that — and she is still that kind of friend.

Now, here I am in the late days of my life. I have the love and adoration of a son, a grandson and friends, some whom I’ve been friends with for more than four decades.

I’ve learned to treasure all the good things  and people — I’ve had in my long life. Yes, indeed, my cup does runneth over.

San Antonio, Texas

Read more tales of generosity by CAPPER's readers in Stories of Helping Others.