By: Laleh Chini
In a small neighborhood, there lived Mrs. Betty with his son Allen. Mrs. Betty lost her husband a few years ago. Her son Allen took over their small family business and they were doing well.
Their wall-to-wall neighbor was the Smith family. Janet Smith and Betty were good friends over the years of being neighbors.
The Smith family was under lots of financial pressure lately and life wasn’t going well for them. Betty overheard Smith’s conversation while she was gardening in the backyard.
The neighbors had the habit of asking for small things in case they needed them till they do their groceries, and lately, Janet borrowed more and more from Betty.
One day Allen noticed that his mother Betty is walking away from Smith’s house with a bag of salt. He was wondering, why his mother is borrowing salt when they have plenty of salt at home.
Some other day Allen saw his mother, Betty borrowing a shovel from Janet.
This time he had to ask his mother why she borrowed a shovel when they have many sizes of shovels in their shed?!
Betty replied: “The Smith family are under many financial pressures recently, and Janet has been borrowing a lot of food from us, I don’t want her to feel bad, so I borrow things from her too. Also when I go to groceries I buy some things for her and tell her it was on sale and I couldn’t resist.
I bake cakes, cookies, and bread many times a week and tell Janet, these days Allen’s demand is breathtaking, so I brought you some too.
Unfortunately, I can’t help them directly because it will break their heart and pride, so this is the simplest way that I could help my friend.