We had a quite dinner with Tim today. Tim was our neighbor at Carolina Place and now that we've shifted, we invited him over to our place. There's something about Tim that just gets to us. He lives by himself, he doesn't talk much and he's always alone. Tim lost his job a while ago so he's always at home. He lives on the second floor and he likes to lay down flat in front of his door. Sometimes I see him walking to the pump station to get a bottle of milk, doesn't look like he eats much. Sometimes I see him taking a shower at the pool club, maybe coz it's free and it saves him from paying the heating bill. It does get pretty costly during winter over here. One day he dropped by to ask for hubby's help to carry a TV he found at the dumpster, too bad it was broken when they tested it. That was the day we knew he hasn't even got a TV at home.
The next day, hubby bought a TV. He did not told Tim it was from him, he said it was from a friend who wanted to get rid of it. Tim was over the moon when he saw pictures coming on the TV. He was so happy and he was going on and on about it for a couple of weeks. Such a sweet guy he is. I asked hubby what's inside his house. I did not mean to be nosey, I just wanted to know how he lives and if he was living OK. Has he got a bed? Does it look like he's cooking and eating well? Hubby says his bedroom is empty accept for a chair, he's got a couple of sofa in his living room and his kitchen looked unused, except for a couple of tea bags that was lying around on his kitchen bench.
That night hubby told me something that reminded me of why I fell in love with him in the first place. He said 'Berdosa kita membiarkan jiran kita lapar sedangkan kita tahu dia dalam kesusahan'. The next day, we invited him for dinner.
The first time he came over he did not even eat much. I know lots of people who would stuff as much food as they can just coz it's free. But Tim was not like that. He took whatever he wanted, which was not much by the way. He even declined dessert just coz he's shy and polite. He did not talk much, and he wanted to go back as soon as he's done.
Today, he's much more relaxed. He talked a lot, he was not rushing to get back home, and it felt like he was truly enjoying it.
Tim reminded me to be thankful for all the things that I have. For the roof on top of my head, the food on the table and the ride that gets me places.
Thank you God for all the rezqi yang Engkau limpahkan kepada kami. Amin.