Just sitting here on a winter’s day thinking of all I could/should be doing and also about the things that appear to be way out of my control.
- How many homeless people are there in this land of plenty?
- How many children are hungry and ill-clothed for this weather?
- How many people are dealing with terminal illness?
- How many people are getting on with their lives with long, if not terminal illness?
And I realise that there is little I can do about these problems. But there is something I can do for one or two of those forced to beg on the streets, or forced to go to the Foodbank to be able to feed their family. I can give small amounts of money to a couple of these people and can add to the Foodbank collection at our grocery store when doing my shopping. Small things, but if we all do something the small things add up.
And I can continue to volunteer at the hospice in the hope that some small thing I do can make the end of somebody’s life a little easier.
So what can you do today?
This rant was brought on after being in town yesterday. I parked beside the Ronald McDonald House and saw distraught parents, I saw two homeless guys begging and the Foodbank collection pod at the supermarket.
Yesterday’s foray into town brought home to me just how lucky I am. I have a warm, safe home in which I live, I have food in the larder and money in my pocket and am not suffering from any major illness or disease. Fortunate indeed!
Checking he is in the right place and looking for his friends
The highlight of the day as always on Thursday is the visit to the Hospice. Are you all getting bored hearing about this?
This year is the 100th anniversary of the death of the Venerable Mary Potter and many celebrations of remembrance are proposed.
And looking back on last year’s blog I see that on this day Lotte and I were Looking for Andy. Do you remember the armadillo and the adventures he had (we had) when he was visiting us? I wonder where the little fellow is now and if he has arrived back home with Lenore Diane.
Well now on to today. This is my lovely daughter’s birthday. We don’t go overboard for birthdays in our family which is just as well because she had taken off today with the basketball team she coaches for a competition this weekend. So there will be no riotous celebrations, she has to keep these young men in control.
Her own boys are spending the weekend with their father. This all seems to be working out well for the family. When they are with their father, apart from driving them to the various sports fixtures (they can’t get there easily from his house) he devises all sorts of interesting things for them to do together.
And lunchtime at the hospice today was rather a hectic affair. Clients/patients choose what they want for lunch shortly after breakfast each morning, Well today something went wrong and we had the wrong food for a couple of people. No problem really; it just meant my going to the kitchen and reorganising the lunches. This of course, takes time and throws the timing out. So that by the time we got back to the first people with their desserts some had gone to sleep having become tired of waiting.
The lady from the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) usually comes on Thursday with one or two dogs in tow. These dogs are those available for adoption and most clients are pleased to see her each week. Well, today she didn’t turn up and one elderly lady asked plaintively where the dogs were. Obviously they derive a certain comfort and normalcy from the animals. One man who has been there for several weeks has his wife bring in their dogs – two very large dogs from South Africa. They could eat my Bella in one chomp but they are very quiet and placid.
Bella is settling down, barking less and accepting my friends and family when they come to visit. She is still my shadow and doesn’t like me to leave her but today she slept in the car while I was in the hospice. I do think she prefers that to being left at home, and as the weather is becoming cooler (by the day almost) it is not too hot for her to be left in the car. She joins us on the terrace for lunch on sunny days and so doesn’t spend too long in the car alone. Of course her exuberance and delight when I return has to be seen to be believed. She reminds me of the Energizer bunny jumping up with all four feet in the air.
And from my little book of dog wisdom* :-
“Life is a precious gift.
Treat it delicately and be grateful for it,
but most importantly celebrate and enjoy it”
* dog wisdom to lift your spirits and brighten your day. Published by Blue Angel Gallery, Australia.