I have become a bit “Bah Humbug” about Christmas – hate the commercialism of it all, am bored by carols that I have been hearing for the last three months, don’t have any strong religious beliefs to give it meaning, and generally feel the “good will to all” aspect has long gone in this troubled world. However, even this grumpy old woman can still be surprised and reassured that some good will remains in our community.
I have just returned from a last minute shopping trip to a bigger town than this one, where I purchased a 10 kg box of nectarines, destined to be made into my annual batch of chutney based on a recipe from Stephanie Alexander’s big orange cookbook. Now, I am waiting for another knee replacement which will happen in March, and until then my left leg is quite misshapen, my knee is very painful and I walk slowly with a very obvious limp – a bit like the rolling walk of a drunken sailor. Having purchased my box of nectarines I was making my way to my car, when a woman with a young child asked if I needed a hand………usually very independent I acknowledged I was struggling and gratefully accepted her offer. She left her daughter outside the fruit shop with instructions not to move, took my box and carried it to my car on the other side of the road. As I thanked her and wished her all the best for the festive season and 2014, she said she had had an awful year – she had crashed her car, there was serious illness in her family and mentioned another disaster as well, so she hoped the New Year would indeed be a better one. Amazing how someone with their own difficulties could still reach out to a perfect stranger – it was unexpected and much appreciated. At that point I gave her a big hug, wished her well, and we both went on our way. I hope her action made her feel good – I certainly did.
Merry Christmas everyone. May 2014 be a good one for you and yours, I wish you health and happiness.
A Mid-Summer Sunrise