One of our neighbors has cancer. He's been in and out of the hospital a lot this summer and fall. Today, a group of farmers from the township got together to harvest his corn crop. There were about 40 men who donated their equipment, fuel and time. They showed up shortly after dawn with combines, wagons, grain carts and semi tractor-trailers to haul the grain to the elevator. They will get done in one day what might normally take a couple of guys about a month.
This is the best part of living in the Midwest. Yeah, we're generally a pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps, independent sort of people who don't expect everyone else to come rushing to help when things are bad. We'll handle it ourselves, thank you.
But sometimes you need help. That's what neighbors are for. It's good to live in a place where people care.