A true story about good neighbors
July 31, 2021
A friend, Randy Larson posted the following personal family story in Facebook on July 23 at 10:06 p.m.
He wrote, "I was just thinking back when I was a kid and an odd but humorous memory. My mom and dad (Bud and Karyl Larson) had a dentist and his assistant come from Canada to get false teeth. The dentist was really cheap and I know we did not have much money nor did neighbors. So the deal was if mom and dad could come up with others that needed false teeth he would charge like either $500 or $700 for complete uppers and lowers. My folks solicited about 6 or 7 neighbors to participate. Well the doc and assistant showed up and the plan was for them to spend the night and get to work the next day. Mom was livid when they got here because the doc was having an affair with the assistant so they had to go to TRF to stay in a motel. The next day they mixed up plaster and took impressions in our kitchen/dining room. Then came back about 6 weeks later with the finished product. Everyone was fitted, they got paid and left. No follow up visits. It did not take long until sores developed in the mouths of neighbors. So dad had people coming over with gum blisters and I remember dad looking and digging in mouths to see where the problem was then pulled out his pocket knife and shaved off the high spots from these dentures. He fixed them all including his and moms. Seriously you can't make this up."
Good neighbors, who work together, helping and encouraging each other. This is what community is all about. It is very evident to me that Bud and Karyl would be the kind of neighbors Joe and I would like to have. Being caring and available. Our neighbors, Tracy and Lynn, Dave and Kay, Linda and Duane, Jordan and Breanna, the awesome young family, (I don't know their names but I wave at them)!! Goodness, I need to visit them again, and Nathan. All these neighbors are 100% loved by us. We are so thankful for them. Being friendly! So often we don't even know who the people are who live on our block. (Just saying)...sigh. I remember a statement from a movie I watched a long time ago. There was a couple with children riding in a camper. She said when he mentioned another camping couple, "we don't like people". Then there was a lot of laughter. It was funny then, but I have often thought of the truth and damage caused in not only their lives, but in the lives of others when living that statement out.
In a poem by Robert Frost, called "Mending Wall", he wrote the following lines. "Before I built a wall I'd ask to know, what I was walling in or walling out". That pretty much sums it all up.