DAY 17 @sharrislaughter #ADayInMyLife #RRBC @RRBC_Org 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023

Wednesday, JANUARY 18, 2023 @ 3:22 PM ET

DAY 17


I got up preparing myself for another busy day of things to do which I didn’t write down this time. One of those things is going to my neighbor’s home and checking inside and gathering the mail. What am I doing checking a neighbor’s house you ask? And how did I gain entrance?

Okay! Over a year ago my neighbor Florence Morrow passed away. It was unexpected. Lank noticed her gate was open and that was highly unusual. Thank goodness, I had her daughter’s mobile number, so I texted her and found out she had to rush home (she lives in Georgia) and get her mother to U of M’s hospital in Ann Arbor. Things happened so quickly. She brought her home and within a couple of days she was dead.

Daughter, Catrece, moved her father into the home before going back to Georgia. She introduced him to us, and we checked in on him from time to time. On December 2, 2022, Kelton Morrow died in his sleep. I looked back through my text messages and saw my text to Catrece telling her an ambulance was in the driveway, and police cars were around her property. Apparently, an uncle had been calling him every day and this day he didn’t get an answer, so he alerted the police. He forgot to call Catrece. My text is what alerted her to what had happened. She rushed home to make arrangements. She was also in a state of shock. It all was a bit too much for her. I certainly understood.

She asked me could I look after her home since it is vacant for now. I said yes because we have a vested interest in seeing to it that the house is protected. That’s how I got a key. She put up cameras so she can keep an eye on the property too. I went over today to check things out and get the mail.

She just got back from a cruise and developed some sort of pain in her leg that took her to emergency. I’m praying that she is going to be ok.

All of these events have shown me how interconnected we are to each other whether we want to be or not. As much as we may want to keep to ourselves, we really need each other. Life and death demand it. We have no choice.

Next, I went on errands to the bank and the drug store. I am making out my shopping list for the month.

I finished reading Spare and have all kinds of feelings about it. It was a well written account of Prince Harry’s life … his world. He is setting the record straight.

Almost forgot, I’m going to request my invite to Raters Not Haters; or do I really have to do that? I saw it on the sidebar. I can’t wait to see John Podlaski and Pat Garcia host the show airing January 21, 2023 @ 11:00 AM CT.

Until tomorrow, adios!

Shirley Slaughter

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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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12 Responses to DAY 17 @sharrislaughter #ADayInMyLife #RRBC @RRBC_Org 30-Day #Blogging Challenge 2023

  1. Karl Morgan says:

    Life is certainly full of good and not so good. We will all return to our Father one of these days. It is especially difficult when you find you are in the middle of a passing. My mother-in-law passed away in our house long ago. So much emotion and turmoil. Shirley, I am glad you were there to take care of your friends. All the best.

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  2. Shirley, you sound like the perfect neighbor. This isn’t a super-friendly neighborhood, but we do watch out for each other. Our neighbors next door are sweet and have shoveled our property after snowstorms since we are so much older. We get their mail and George makes sure their trash is out out when they are away, which is often. I always make cakes for a new neighbor, to welcome them. It creates good feelings and sets a nice tone.

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    • When I was single, I once lived in a neighborhood where my next-door neighbor shoveled my walk the first year I moved there. He didn’t know me from Adam, but he appeared like an angel whenever needed. I was forever grateful beyond words.


  3. patgarcia says:

    Hi, Shirley,
    One of the premises that I firmly believe in is that no man or woman is an island. We were not born to live in this world by ourselves regardless of what others may think. I hope your friend is okay.
    Take care.
    Shalom aleichem

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  4. I try to have relationships with my neighbors. You never know when you might need each other. For example, when I went into labor with my second daughter, my contractions were coming too fast to wait, so my neighbor watched my other daughter. Now, I have only one neighbor who can be relied upon, who lives across the street. On one side of my house, an older woman lives alone but gets angry quickly. She was robbed two weeks ago when I was sick with Covid. She rang the doorbell and seemed upset that I didn’t hear them breaking in or hear the police and sirens. My bedroom is the farthest from her house. And the neighbor on the other side called the police in the middle of the night to get his tenants evicted. It’s good I stay up late, or the cops would wake me. I steer clear of him and his wife.

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  5. Patty Perrin says:

    Hi, Shirley! I believe we’re happier when we’re connected to our neighbors. In an emergency, you want somebody nearby to help you, and you might make a difference in your neighbor’s life as well. I agree with Yvette. Florence’s daughter is blessed to have someone of your character to watch out for things.


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    • You are right Patty. Catrece felt so connected to us that she allowed us to handle her personal affairs. Most of the folks around here keep to themselves. Florence was one of them but somehow we got to know each other on a more personal level. That’s how she came to give me Catrece’s number when she went out of town. It turned out to be a good thing.


  6. You are right, Shirley! You do have a vested interest. It also shows how impeccable your character is that she trusts you to watch over her house. I hope she gets better soon.

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

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  7. Karen Black says:

    Yes, Shirley, we really are interconnected. Your neighbors are lucky to have you to depend on.

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