Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Snowy Super Tuesday

I took this photo while driving home from Biblical School last night. It was and is scary out there. Now I just looked out the window and imagine my surprise to see my neighbor shoveling my sidewalk!

Did you ever not notice how corrosive something was until it was gone? I had a neighbor who was a friend of mine. She met "Mr. Right" (number 4) and then I was no longer on her radar as a friend or even acquaintance. She moved away a few months ago, and suddenly the whole neighborhood has changed. She had created such ill will that the ill will extended to me because I was her friend. Suddenly, now that she is gone, people I just thought were kind of jerky are nice to me! It is a much more pleasant place now that she is gone. People can park where they want without being yelled at, notes left on their cars, or other ridiculous behavior. She had such a thing about cars not parking in front of her house that once she actually got into car parked in front of her house and let off the parking brake and let it roll until it was in front of someone else's house.

Anyway, what a nice thing it is to see that someone shoveled my sidewalk. Not just because now I don't have to do it. It is such an act of kindness. I feel all warm inside knowing that the neighbor who didn't talk to me for 5 or 6 years just shoveled my sidewalk!

Tonight I have a sponsee coming over at 5, then I am heading out of here at 6:30 for my first caucus. Right now the idea of being active all day until 9 o'clock p.m. just does not appeal. I wish I could work until, say, noon, come home and take a nap and THEN maybe get ready for my evening activities.

I am a tired girl. This teaching is kicking my butt. Working 6 days a week and then having homework is hard. Add to that, I am TAKING a class every week, and that I am training to run a marathon... and my job is in high gear... I am tired and feel quite old. The class I am teaching will be over in a month and I am happy about that.

"Here we learned that trouble was really a fact of life for everybody -- a fact that had to be understood and dealt with. Surprisingly, we found that our troubles could, under God's grace, be converted into unimagined blessings." -- As Bill Sees It, p. 110


Pam said...

I hope you don't burn yourself out. That just sounds like so much sweet tater-tot.

Scott W said...

I saw that photo as the bottom third being the landscape, then
rays projecting out from the heavens, with UFO lights hovering in the firmament. Then I noticed it was you driving in the snow and ice.

Please be careful! And take care of your health. I cannot imagine such a full schedule...it would be my undoing.

dAAve said...

Your plate is too full for me too. Take care of yourself. You KNOW what I mean.

Zane-nawwaa said...

Ghurl, you are a busy one. Now that is a great neighbor. Old? Honey I have met you and you are anything but old! I admire your ambitions.

Syd said...

It is nice to have friendly neighbors. The old man who lived across the road from me is now dead but I used to take him magazines and some dinner on Sundays. We would talk. I miss those conversations.

Anonymous said...

We are so blessed to have such nice neighbors too. I feel your pain. I can feel the rat race kicking in as my plate keeps getting fuller and fuller. Sometimes I feel like that guy on "The Ed Sullivan Show" twirling all those plates on sticks. You just know sooner or later something has to fall. Don't forget to pamper yourself a little and grab those naps whenever you can.

lash505 said...

Holy shit there is a lot of white there.. I am scheduling trip. Your buddy has been hounding me,

Dragonfly said...

Don't burn out!!! But congrats, what you are doing sounds amazing.