In the 3 1/3 years she’s lived here, the lady in the next door apartment has only asked me 5 times to take her somewhere. We used to hate each other but we resolved our problems with each other and I’m happy to give her a ride now since it happens so rarely. It builds up good will between us too, which never hurt.
She got a new roommate about 4 months ago. She’s alright; she’s usually friendly and says hi when she sees me and both ladies have a meal service that delivers meals and food to them once a week and they give me milk they don’t want and prepared frozen dinners they don’t eat. And as a thank you I sometimes give them soda that I buy on sale or some Crystal Light.
Yesterday, I gave the lady who I’ve known for 3 1/2 years a ride to 7-11 which is about 4 minutes away. It was the fifth time I had ever given her a ride and we talked and it was nice. But her roommate saw this and asked me for a ride to the store. I didn’t want to do it but we’re friendly so I said yes. I didn’t feel good about it because I think the only reason she asked me is she saw a moment of weakness in me. I took her tonight but I told her I’m not doing it regularly and she bought me two 2 liter bottles of soda for taking her.
But I still resented it a little because she asked me in a moment of my weakness. And she used to do drugs and probably has a little bit of “con” in her as most addicts do. When I give rides to neighbors I want it to be as an occasional special favor, I don’t want to do it a lot and I hope this lady doesn’t try to take advantage of me.