From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

November 3

After I had spent a weeklong vigil at the hospital with an ill child, I was not thrilled to see four cars lined up in our driveway. The house was a colossal mess.

“What are you doing home so soon?” my friend Judie called from the kitchen. “We thought we’d be long gone before you got home.” She walked toward me and gave me a hug.

Was this my house? Was I dreaming? Everything looked so clean.

Suddenly, more voices, more hugs. Lorraine had ironed a mountain of clothes; Regina had vacuumed and dusted; Joan had brought order out of the chaos in all four bedrooms.

“You rest a while, Virelle,” Joan said firmly. “Here’s your dinner for tonight—there are more meals in the freezer.”

After my friends left, I wandered from room to room. I found beautiful floral arrangements in every room . . . and little wrapped gifts on each bed.

In the living room I found a note under a vase filled with peonies. I was to have come home and found it as their only identity: “The Love Squad was here.”

Virelle Kidder

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