Kindred spirits rally round mum
Two random acts of kindness resulted in a classic Blenheim encounter yesterday.
Mayflower Studio owner Jane Robinson and Danny Kett, of LawnsPlus, wanted to offer their services to single mother Yvonne Everson after she had a request for extra home help turned down after major back surgery.
They contacted the Marlborough Express, which set up a meeting.
As it turns out, Mr Kett was best friends with Mrs Robinson's husband - they used to go to school together.
And one of Mrs Robinson's best customers was Ms Everson's mother, who was always buying gifts for other people, she said.
"Trust Danny, I might have known it was you," said Mrs Robinson, as she realised the identity of the other good Samaritan.
"But I didn't realise that was your mother," she said to Ms Everson.
Mrs Robinson brought round a bunch of flowers, two boxes of chocolates and a Christmas gift voucher.
Mr Kett offered to tidy Ms Everson's lawns until she was feeling better.
"Or until she gets sick of me," he said.
Ms Everson's 11-year-old daughter had started learning how to mow the lawns since the surgery in July, she said.
"She knew I was going to have surgery and she would have to learn."
Ms Everson had a check up with her surgeon on Monday and was told a full recovery could take a year, she said.
Mr Kett said he read in Tuesday's Express that the daughter and nine-year-old son had started helping out with the laundry and cooking.
They don't need to be mowing lawns as well, he said.
"If you see someone needing help, you jump in and give them a hand. It's no biggie.
"We'll get into a routine until she is set or until she is sick of me. Or I could teach her daughter how to do it properly.
"We'll see how it goes."
Mrs Robinson was also moved by Ms Everson's "brave, little" children, she said.
"I thought it must be really tough for a mum to watch her kids doing the things she would normally do instead of playing."
Marlborough was awesome for people coming together to help each other, she said.
"I've got a couple of new girls [in the shop] from Auckland and they are really impressed with how people rally around in Blenheim," Mrs Robinson said.
"If you can brighten someone's day, sometimes that really helps."
Ms Everson said it was a small world and that she was blown away by the gifts.
"I'm speechless," she said.
- The Marlborough Express