Someone asked harsh questions this week – wrapped in nasty comments. You’d think he’d have had more sense. Perhaps he sensed I needed a wake-up call, to re-think this column, examine its purpose, or rather mine. I can’t see it as anything more than a cause-effect activity, a mirror with 7,100 faces. Or just one?
I dwelt too much on it. I’ve carried that around this week. Time to let this morning’s rain wash that away.
I’m not disappointed by the chill or my wet face. It is exhilarating no matter how weary I am, to have that natural face-wash wipe my week away and return my equilibrium.
I look out at life and I find it looks back at me. Maybe I’m getting too reflective. Maybe it's just that my body is really tired …
Quiet and calm that follows rain might take a couple of days (weatherman says possibly snow this weekend). I’m only moving small things this weekend so I’ll not be bothered by it …
I look out at life.
I find it looks back at me.
Sometimes harshly, sometimes with much kindness.
To those who were kind to me this week – several stand out (SB, thanks again for your hatchback, thanks to CR whose comments gave me a lift at the end of this wearying week, and thanks to that nameless guy who parks his van next to me at the old place – such kind words from someone who didn’t need to say or do anything, but who did. He reached out, simply, with an act of kindness. He didn’t do anything, but he offered to. It wasn’t so much the offered labour of a big strapping fellow, but that we would freely offer help to a stranger. I was incredibly impressed by that, by him).
column written/ published from Calgary
morning walk: 6C / 42F, raining, windy, calm here but traffic on the main road looks absolutely crazy-makin’; Gusta continues her explorations – she hasn’t found any rabbits but she’s been checking out everywhere they’ve been
Hi Mark, I'm truly amazed at how well you managed to get through things so quickly, from dealing with your loss of your father to sifting and sorting your father's possessions, cleaning, disposing of, then packing and moving yourself out and into a new home AND still manage to write about it! Your time management is superb! I need to learn to do that better! I read your Musings (almost) daily and enjoy every one of them. I'm glad you're well but do take care of yourself... after all, you are still human. Best wishes to you as you settle in your new home! CR, Victoria, BC
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