What can I do for my downstairs neighbors?
June 5, 2013 1:29 PM Subscribe
My downstairs neighbors are two of the sweetest people I know. They've done me many favors, from bringing food to inviting me for dinner to watching my cat. I would like to do something in return, but can't think of anything I could do that's equivalent to their generosity.
posted by schroedinger to Human Relations (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I watch their cat when they're away, but they're not away as often as I am. My apartment is not appropriate for hosting (no dining area, common furniture, or anything that could suffice) and my cooking pales in comparison to theirs anyway. They bring me home leftovers from their work, but my work doesn't involve food so there are no leftovers. I've offered to take them out to dinner, but they demurred. Ideally there was some favor I could do on the regular for them in repayment for their kindness. I've offered, but true to form they said it wasn't necessary. But I feel like a leech. I could bake a loaf of zucchini bread or buy a bottle of wine, but that just seems so inadequate and giving them wine every time they do something for me would feel too transactional. I don't craft or knit, otherwise I'd make them something cool.
I know, this is the most socially awkward question ever, but really, I've been racking my brains about this for a few months now and still have no ideas.
They're a young couple, married for about a year, and religious. We aren't close friends so I am not sure of their interests--they're just incredibly kind people who spontaneously decided to start helping me out when they moved in.