It was Senior Week here at home recently. Wow…tea parties everywhere. (I just typed ‘tear’ parties) and yes, ‘tear’ parties too as we recalled those that no longer share these events with us. But we do share a lot of memories.
One of the events took place at our local Library. A tour of the Art Gallery preceded the ‘tea’ and a young lady explained the various paintings, sculptures. etc to us…somehow large aluminum balls did not look like’art’ to me but I did get something out of some of the paintings. Later I spoke to the conductor of the tour and she was from Germany. I told here we had lived there from 1955-58 and we had a great discussion going. I shared that my youngest daughter had been born there and had been named after my German land-lady. After a while she questioned…”You’re a story teller, aren’t you?” I wondered if I was wearing a big sign.
It really made me wonder what else I was revealing when I appeared before people. Certainly my white hair and ‘smile wrinkles’ give a lot away, but opening your mouth can reflect a lot more than you realize.
She went on to explain that some people expressed things in sculpture, some in paints and some in words. Before we said goodbye she asked me my last name.”Schneider”, I said and she started to laugh and then pointed to her name tag. “It’s my name too!” We exchanged a laugh and I left, shaking my head. What a strange old world it is at times.
The other day I was at a function where a friend of mine was in charge of the entertainment. She was having trouble being heard and seemed a little out of sorts. I picked up on it right away…that was not the usual demeanor of this delightful lady. And yes,she had had an upset earlier. It did give me a chance to email her and congratulate her on her presentation…we all need a note of comfort and reassurance now and again.
A new person to the church was added to my Elder’s list. I don’t know her very well yet she came up to me on Sunday and put her arm around me and said. “I am so glad you’re my church Elder.” That one comment set me up for the whole day…and to add to it the next week a friend who is having a rough time medically whom I had hugged a few times to comfort her, came up to me , gave me a hug and said …”I love you.”.
Those are kind words that we all need once in a while. Both comments reflected God’s love for us…and isn’t that we we are here to do..to reflect His love? I think so and I hope I am doing just that!