Sunday, May 3, 2009

In Time of Need

'Sorry for the lapse in posting on my blog. It surprises me when I find other people behave differently than what I expect ... perhaps I keep my face turned so much to the sun that I fail to see that they are looking at the shadows. But, it's alright because you can't get through life happily without being "oft forgiving~most kind".

"Guard within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness." ~ George Sand ~

Snoqualmie Pass, WA and Couer D'Alene, ID

So, that lesson learned, I was immediately tested on my commitment to a family member. Without boring you with details, the end result is that I spent a month and a week assisting him in rejoining his wife and child.

"We are not put on this earth for ourselves, but are placed here for each other. If you are always there for others, then in time of need, someone will be there for you." ~ Jeff Warner~

Missoula, MT and St. Joseph, MO

It was both a trying and memorable experience and resulted in much happiness. Since I had the only valid drivers license, I was enlisted to drive a 14 foot UHaul truck with a flat-bed car trailer towed behind from Tacoma, WA, to St. Joseph, MO. This meant going over two mountain ranges to get there, but I have to hand it to UHaul, their equipment was excellent and performed beautifully. The first day was a little nerve-wracking, but the second and third days were as if I were driving a family van. The scenery was astonishingly beautiful, and the company was held hostage to companionable discussion, shared experience and comfortable silence. I will never regret putting the house on hold in order to have this memory with him. Thank God I wasn't locked into a nine to five job that would limit my ability to go.