Two fragments from literature teach me about extending messages of genuine caring, even when it’s not convenient. 1.) A Southern woman stood in her kitchen early one morning in robe and slippers watching a neighbor cross the field toward her door with an obvious expression of dismay. She hustled to put the coffee pot on, saying, “Friends is friends, whether they ready or not” (from the book, Homemade Love). Do these opportunities to reach out to another’s need ever come at a convenient time? 2.) This verse by Robert Frost further explains: “When a friend calls to me from the road; and slows his horse to a meaning walk; I don’t stand still and look around—on all the hills I haven’t hoed, and shout from where I am—What is it? No, not as there is a time to talk. I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground; Blade-end up and five feet tall; And plod—I go to the stone wall for a friendly visit.” I need to remember that tasks are never more important than people.