Last week I received the most amazing gift ever. A visit from the Cleaning Fairy!!!! Yes, she does exist!!!! I was sicker than normal and lacked the strength to do even the simplest of housework. Knowing that I was expecting company my dear friend that lives hundreds of miles away in another state surprised the heck out of me by setting up and paying for someone to come clean my home. I am still blown away by her generosity. I don’t think she will ever know just how much this gift meant to me.
Her gift allowed me to continue to rest and heal. Because of this I was able to enjoy a few days with my mom. This gift allowed me to gain the strength to be able to enjoy an outing to the movie theater with my mom, husband, and daughter. Since I lacked the strength to spend the day sitting up in my wheelchair, we didn’t get to go to Disneyland as planned, but we kept the Disney theme going that day by seeing Cinderella.
I have been sick for over three weeks now, but because of this wonderful gift I am able to keep up with the day to day chores and I still have plenty of time to rest and wait for my body to heal.
If someone you know is physically struggling, don’t be afraid to offer help. Hire a cleaning service or offer to do it yourself. Just don’t think that there is nothing you can do.
If you are the person living in pain and are struggling, don’t let your pride stop you from accepting someone’s offer of help. I will be honest, I wanted to tell her no. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the idea, it was because every time I accept help I have to acknowledge my limitations, and that hurts. Thankfully I was so sick that I lacked the strength to say NO.
Do you live in the Inland Empire of California? Looking for a maid service? Be sure to check out Maid in the IE. The maid was thorough. She made things that I thought were going to be dingy forever sparkle. My friend found them on Yelp, and was able to set up payment from another state. All I had to do was make sure I was awake to answer the door in the morning. I am and was impressed with the amount of work she managed to get done, especially since it had been many months since my house had received an intense cleaning.
You have no idea how thankful I am that I was too weak to decline my friend’s offer. Is it embarrassing to accept help? Is it maddening to think about how my body continues to fail me, making simple tasks difficult? Does my heart ache when I think about how difficult simple tasks have become? YES!!!! But I will say this, after this wonderful experience I will think twice before letting my pride get in the way of accepting someone’s offer of help!!!!
To my dear friend, yes I know you are reading this, I hope you know just how much this gift has meant to me. I am beyond grateful. This was the most generous gift that I have ever received and tears come to my eyes every time I think of how wonderful it was and still is. Because of you I am on the mend. Because of you I was able to enjoy time with my mom. Because of your gift I am getting better every day and the best part is not having to stress about how or when I would be able to give my house a good cleaning. I can not thank you enough!!!!!
Wishing you a day filled with gentle hugs and Pixie Dust!
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