In 2011, I had to have surgery on my left foot and it required me to both stay home and have someone drive me around for a six-week period. My friend Janet, whom I had only known for a short period of time, stepped right up to help me.
I am a widow with no children or kinfolk in the Tennessee Valley area. At the time, Janet was a salesperson and had to drive to around to various doctors for her business. She took me to and from my surgery, and while I initially had to stay home for two weeks, checked up on me to make sure I had all I needed.
After staying home for my two-week period, Janet picked me up from my home, took me to work, and brought me back when my day was done. Additionally, since we go to the same Catholic church, I would ride with her to attend Mass.
Janet went beyond what anyone else would have done. She extended herself, in a time when I most needed help. I will always be grateful to her for kindness. Saying thank you will never be enough and to this day, she and I are best friends. Janet epitomizes friendship and I would not have it any other way.
A Pennsylvania native, Betty Boyd moved to the Tennessee Valley in 1994. She retired in early 2012 after 30 years of Government service. She has a consulting firm, Boyd Consulting Services, which offers writing services. She’s active in her church and community. She is currently writing a book on leadership.