"Neither a borrower nor a lender be." Hamlet, Act 1
On Friday, I was straightening things up and found a few items that don't belong to me. Oh dear, how long have THESE been here?
A small basket that held fresh eggs from a neighbor. (They were delicious.)
A platter, bowl and vase from my lagniappe neighbor...each had contained a lovely gift of food or flowers.
A stack of books, The Hunger Games series, that I borrowed from my son's girlfriend so I could read what all the hype was about. I can't bring myself to read Mockingjay because I'll get too engrossed in the story again.
Besides things borrowed from (or left by) friends, I also ran across a Redbox DVD to return (only one day late this time), and an item needing to be returned for a refund at the store.
Today's Small Thing is to return stuff.
Like me, you probably have a few things needing to find their way back to rightful owners. Tools, books, casserole dishes, clothes, toys....somehow things wind up getting into the mix of OUR things and it becomes difficult to remember just who loaned them and when. Days can quickly turn into weeks and even months - and the guilt over keeping them too long weighs on your mind, doesn't it? Uh huh, admit it. You keep meaning to drop those things off the next time you're out, but then you forget...or it seems like so much trouble to make a special trip. I hear ya.
Today is the day to make some happy returns!
Now, don't forget library books, games and DVD's that may be due back. Dotcha hate late fees? Redbox is always delighted to see me coming to rent a movie for 1.20....TIMES THREE DAYS. Grr.
And how about "repaying" that cup of sugar or that missing ingredient that a neighbor came through in a pinch for you? Send something back over with a word or note of thanks...and you'll be "square" with one another until next time.
This is a great opportunity to train your kids to bring things back "better than you found it." Wash it and clean it before returning and they'll have friends for life because they value other people's property.
Now - I've got a couple of thank you notes to write before I tackle this easy (and guilt-relieving) Small Thing!
Question: What will you be returning today...and how long have you had it??
Song of the Day: Borrow Mine, Bebo Norman