I slowly raised my hand to acknowledge my identity.
"Can we talk with you for a minute?"
The look on my face must have registered concern as I rose from my chair, apron still on, to meet them in the driveway.
"There's no cause for alarm, ma'am," the same man informed me. He then mentioned my dad's name. "Do you know him?"
Turns out, my dad's neighbors were concerned because they hadn't seen him for a few days. They did a little detective work, too . . . mail in the mailbox, car in the garage . . . and then they took action.
I told the officers of my father's whereabouts - Indiana with my sister. I had checked on his house a couple of times, watered the flowers, and checked the mailbox. He would be home the next day.
In the end, I thanked them for their help. And later, thanked my dad's neighbors for their concern (and gave them my cell number). It meant a lot to me that other people were looking out for my 83-year-old dad.
There's something to community . . . people quietly caring for people.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.