Today’s guest post comes from Barbara in Robbinsdale, with assistance from Steve in St. Paul before he left for the long weekend.
It was a week ago today that a “Congress of Baboons” from in and around the Twin Cities showed up at Steve’s house in St. Paul, to rescue his and his neighbor’s yards from a very large branch that had fallen from a very tall tree. Here’s what we were dealing with:
It turns out quite a number of baboons know their way around a chain saw (Ben, tim, Sherrilee, Linda, just to name those present), and who could resist tim’s call to duty?
We ended up amazing ourselves with what a goodly number can accomplish in 3 or 4 hours. Limbs were downed and cut into manageable chunks …
… brush was cleared and four loads of it hauled away;
… and finally the last “threads” were severed and the biggest limb…
…hit the ground with a resounding thud. Steve said that, although he was in the house (possibly making Kool-Aid) at the time, he knew it by the way the whole house shook.
Then we rested:
There were thirteen of us including Steve, spouses, and teens.
The Crew: Catherine (mig), S&H, Lisa, tim, The Teenager, Sherrilee, Bill, Robin, Barbara, Linda, Michael (BiR’s husband), Ben
(Lisa and Robin recapped the event in more detail here
about 2/3 the way down.)
I understand how overwhelmed with gratitude is the person on the receiving end of the giving. Here is one of Steve’s “thank you”s:
In some ways it’s more fun to be on the “giving” end, and I’ve read articles to the effect that it really is easier to give than receive. Other writings cover the fact that it is natural to want to help. Even infants will become concerned when they hear another baby in distress, and toddlers will actively try to help when they see a need.
I’ve been thinking what were the motivators that got a dozen people out on a lovely July Saturday to hack down a hackberry tree. I’ve come up with these:
- we got to be outdoors, and it wasn’t 102° F., or even 95°
- those who know how to handle power tools got to hone their skill
- we got exercise
- we got Kool-Aid
- we knew at the end of the day we’d been useful
- community: we got to hang with other “baboons” – it was a party.
At the end of the day, we ALL felt good, at least mentally. It was a win for Steve, and a win for baboons.
What’s the best example you can remember of a Win-Win situation you’ve experienced or observed?