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I baked some French bread yesterday, as I’ll need loaves for a few dinners I’m planning for some friends and wanted to have the bread made.

There is a wonderful neighbor couple down the way, he is struggling with Parkinson’s and dementia and can be a handful. They have a sweet little dog and she is blessed with a green thumb. Her gardens, all around her house are such a treat to enjoy! 

I’ve been meaning to pop in and thought now would be a good time and I would take a freshly baked, half of loaf of French bread to them. I’m so glad I did! It was good to see them and she showed me all around her gardens and we visited on their new deck.

When I left she said I’d like you to take a rose from one of my prized rose bushes!

Then she cut fresh mint form a huge patch growing among her flowers! She told me to put some of the mint in a vase with my rose. I would have never thought of that!

She told me the fresh mint would be wonderful in some tea (which I did try last night and was delicious).


When you do something for someone else it’s amazing how you are blessed in return. Life is full of surprises. Embrace the unexpected and find the joy in every moment.

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully everyone is blessed.” — Maya Angelou 

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” Mahatma Gandhi

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop


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Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

How the very small and giving efforts bring such joy to others.  Thank you for sharing.

Apr 15, 2024 07:02 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I left their house Leanne Smith feeling so grateful for our friendship and vow to visit more often.

Apr 15, 2024 04:09 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

You sound like a great neighbor, as do they!   It makes living where we live a lot nicer!

Apr 15, 2024 07:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It does Michael Elliott.....neighbors are important and we need to reach out to each other more often.

Apr 15, 2024 04:10 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Dorie, for sharing this experience. I love your quote selections.

Apr 15, 2024 07:37 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Roy Kelley !

Apr 15, 2024 04:11 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Dorie, When you act with kindness towards others, it often tends to bring unexpected blessings into your own life. And...Yum that bread looks delicious!

Apr 15, 2024 07:52 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 ,

My mom us to make French bread and there is something therapeutic about baking.

Apr 15, 2024 04:12 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

OK...I cannot get past making your own bread. I barely make my own cereal for breakfast in the morning (those bags are sometimes hard to open).

Apr 15, 2024 07:53 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Oh I'm sure you can handle making some French bread Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty !

Apr 15, 2024 04:13 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Dorie,
That was very kind of you and I'm sure showing you around her garden gave her great pleasure. These little acts of kindness can make a big difference to her as she cares for her husband.

Apr 15, 2024 07:55 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Its hard when caring for a loved one and they are declining. The visit  gave her some moments where she be "herself" and show me what she loves most to do.....gardening Carol Williams 

Apr 15, 2024 04:15 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

How sweet Dorie for you to visit friends and take them some fresh bread.  Nice flowers also that was shared.


Apr 15, 2024 08:02 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I absolutely love my rose and the mint in the vase is so pretty. I learned something Will Hamm who knew Mint could be mixed in for greenery in a vase of flowers!

Apr 15, 2024 04:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Dorie- I love your story!!!  It doesn't take much but the rewards for the giver and receiver are great!!!  I was reminded of my grandfather who loved to show visitors around his garden. If the timing was right, they would leave with fresh roses or some kind of vegetable. 

Your French Bread looks very professional. 

Apr 15, 2024 01:01 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Kathy Streib ,

My mom use to make French bread and I love to make it too. It always smells so good. I'm so glad I went to visit....its hard being a caregiver and good to have some "me' time.

Apr 15, 2024 04:19 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie I could make a meal out of just one of those loafs with cheese.  ☺️

Apr 15, 2024 01:16 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Sometimes I put cheese and meat in the loaves but usually like just plain to dip into Olive oil George Souto 

Apr 15, 2024 04:20 PM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Dorie, What a nice way to visit with an offering of hand made bread!  Beautiful bread!  Giving is good for the soul.  Love the rose.  Good neighbors for sure.

Apr 15, 2024 04:54 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

You are right Gloria Todor ..giving is good for the soul!

Apr 16, 2024 05:33 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

This made me smile BIG, thank you for that. A small gesture can mean the world to someone and it feels good too, Dorie!

Apr 15, 2024 06:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It does make us feel good Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! and I'm determined to make time to make these small gestures again!

Apr 16, 2024 05:34 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The bread looks wonderful, Dorie. And, the rose is gorgeous.  I hope you are having a pleasant week.

Apr 15, 2024 07:31 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It is a good week Myrl Jeffcoat ..we are getting some rain today and I just planted some new Holly Ferns so this will help them take hold!

Apr 16, 2024 05:35 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

What a lovely exchange of gifts both very thoughtful if I might add, Endre

Apr 15, 2024 11:21 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I love my rose chef Endre Barath, Jr. !!

Apr 16, 2024 05:36 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You are so kind, that is such a wonderful thing to do and I am sure that it made their day!

Apr 16, 2024 04:42 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

What is so remarkable Brian England ..it made both our days!

Apr 16, 2024 05:36 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

What a sweet and uplifting reminder!  I love the smell of fresh baked bread and who wouldn't want to be a recipient?  And then she gave a gift of herself as well - people some times forget the value of human interaction.  The gift of thoughtfulness is contagious.  Thanks for your post!

Apr 17, 2024 07:09 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

LOVE this! The story, the picture, the bread, the friendship, and the thought of tea with fresh mint!!!!

Apr 17, 2024 08:48 AM