We live near an airport.
When our friends fly, our home transforms into a park-and-ride.
When our friends fly, our home can also transform into a bed-and-breakfast.
We offer this service.
We hear similar reasons from our friends who don’t.
“We don’t want to be a burden.”
“We don’t want to inconvenience you.”
“We don’t want to put you out.”
Putting your friends out.
The intention is noble.
But helping is not Putting Your Friends Out.
(Unless you are that one friend with a pickup truck and everyone expects you to help move, then we are totally tracking with you.)
Is it a little inconvenient to drive to the airport at weird, early, or late hours? Yep.
It it always the best time? Nope.
Then why do friends offer to help?
Because everyone’s lives are so busy, sometimes the only time we get to connect and see folks are on those small drives to and from the airport.
Connecting with those around us that we care about is hard.
Find the small moments to connect.
The trip to the airport.
The grocery store.
Waiting in some line.
Dropping off their car for an oil change/repairs.
The ride to and from [soccer, dance, hockey, or whatever] lessons.
Remember you are not Putting Your Friends Out.
Maybe they are just trying to connect.
Some of my fondest memories are small moments doing the most routine things with my closest friends.