A Gracious Lady
Our dog is a puggle named Mazel. We walk Mazel around the neighborhood each morning and each evening. We said hello to neighbors and their dogs as we walked and stayed a comfortable distance away during the pandemic years. No shaking hands. No hugs. No entering a neighbor’s home. Just a greeting from the street. “Hope you are having a good day!”
But then came a scary night of sirens and emergency vehicles and an event that changed life in one of the households. That tragic night brought a memory and a relationship with a beautiful neighbor that we connect with now.
Having lost a daughter and a husband, taking care of a son with medical needs, our neighbor, with strong shoulders, cherishes the good times and loving relationships in each day. We admire her strength and respect and cherish her.
Feelings and personal attachment enrich our lives and support each other. We so missed that personal touch and visits when they were forbidden. But now, we look forward to our visits, even while we are just sitting on the front steps. We look forward to our visits, to her stories and to her loving attention for Mazel. Our neighbor is truly a gracious lady.
Susanne Katz Karlick is a contributor to the Atlanta Jewish Times.