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I often worked for a lady doing yard work in her over-sized yard. She not only paid me, but also fed me, washed my clothes, and befriended me. One day, we were eating a meal together she had cooked. The TV was on, and I was focused on the program. She talked to me, but I only gave her part of my attention. Then I heard her sigh and say, "Well, I understand. Nobody wants to hear the ramblings of an old woman anyway."

I was thoroughly embarrassed by my disregard of her conversation, and vowed never to do that to her again. I realized that my work for her was only part of why she called me over to her house. Companionship and conversation was the equally important second reason. She needed a friend as much as she needed a worker.

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