Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A Road That Takes You Everywhere
One of the nice things about waking early was watching a good sunrise. It seemed to offer strength to her through her day. She always used this time to remember all around her and ask for health and happiness for all she knew and had met. This was how she always started her day and sometimes felt that moment again through the day. She had encountered many families with her volunteer work that could always use that extra good thought to help them along. There was a similarity to their woes when she met them, and a bit of kindness could spread happiness for many. She often passed that smile to people she met up with through the day, thinking that for some it may be the only one they might encounter. Our happiness in this world often is what we make it, and a little extra is needed for many.
They decided to stop at the western clothing store and look for a few items for her friend. Waiting for it to open they drove around the surrounding rural area looking over the land. Farmers were mowing and baling hay earlier in the week and some machinery sat in a field ready for the next round. A herd of cattle worked a meadow looking for the sweetest grass and they pulled over to watch. A tiny set of eyes peeked from within the circle and a few youngsters stayed in the middle for security. They laughed at one who looked like it had a black eye with the white and black on its face. It seemed to be able to tell they were watching it and stayed behind the adults. High up on the hill sat the homestead with one old barn starting to collapse, perhaps started from damage from a bad storm. Her friend told of having to repair his big barn numerous times through the years and told of one of the worst storms that almost caught his house. He sat in the cellar after a announcement on television and cold hear the wailing outside. When the noise cleared he had to really push to open his cellar door, part of a nearby shed was on top of the door. Hs daughter reminded him that was what she had gotten him a cell phone for, and he just laughed. He never remembered to carry it much.
The store was huge and a salesperson came over to see if they needed help. They wanted her friend measured to see what size he wore and the salesperson went to get a tape. Coming back even her friend was surprised at what size he had whittled down to. He immediately picked a red shirt out and his daughter and friend picked a few more for him. Pants were another problem and his daughter went into the dressing room to help him. When she came out she was a bit teary eyed, she hadn’t noticed how thin he really was, and noticed his strength in decline. He was very tired easily, and often napped. They paid for the clothing and she made sure to thank everyone that helped him. Her friend told them he would be back when he needed more after he regained his weight. Both ladies looked at each other and just smiled. She asked her friend if he was up for more ice cream to get that weight going, and he said every meal he ate would be fine to have some. He wore a new shirt and pants home, fingering the snaps on the shirt and remembering how this used to be all he ever wore.
This was her last week and it seemed hard to fit everything in. They went out and fished a few more evenings and fixed trout one day for breakfast, just as he told them he did when his daughter was younger. She just smiled since she had just really started eating fish, never caring for it when she was younger. He told of always having to cut the heads off for her mom and bringing a fresh lemon to squeeze on the fish. She saw a smile on her friend each time he mentioned his wife and knew he was still in love.