Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pardon my pride...

Some times my heart feels so full that it hurts.

Last night was one of those times.

I participated in a Point In Time Count...
one night when across the nation there is a
window, a snapshot of how many people are without shelter. 
We were to count the homeless in Eau Claire -
a challenge to know this number in a respectful way.
We began the night at a community meal...
My partner for the evening was my son, Ian.

I watched him work with others....helping a young girl find just the right
color toothbrush from the box of give-aways.
Handing out blankets, socks...without question, suspicion or judgement.
Walking with me, reaching out to others, wondering about the disparity and
offering empathy & compassion. 

There - when he could have been home.
There - without complaint.
There - because...just because.

So pardon my pride...we done good.
Happy Birthday my dear Ian.


Jani said...

I know how you feel. My sister and I served at the free supper that different groups supply each Monday evening in our town, for anyone who would like to or needs to attend. It was wonderful and my heart filled up. Congratulations on raising a son who cares enough to let it show!

Cheryl in Wisconsin said...

Yes, you are fortunate to have such a son, but he is also fortunate to have a mother who will so effortlessly expose him to that type of opportunity. Opportunity may seem like an odd word to use to describe your mission, a lot of people, me included, would find it frightening. Not frightening in a possible harm type of way, but as an eye-opening view of the troubled part of society, a view that the weak-of-heart tries to believe doesn't exist, regardless how futile that is. The opportunity lies in facing it head-on, and offering assistance, and the reward it offers to all involved. As an individual, that type of opportunity is difficult to coordinate. Good work to both of you.

Barb said...

Happy Birthday, Ian. You and your family.....some of the good ones!!

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

When I stated "we done good"...I was of course speaking as a mother -- it is with such pride that I see the man my young one has grown to be. Every day, in my job - I have the chance to be involved with good works -- that is what community action agencies do....but to watch my son do this so naturally - without any hidden agendas or unstated bias or thoughtless judgement --- now that is inspiring. I want to be just like him when I grow up.

Jani said...

You already are.

Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

Now that made me cry.
Dear hearts -- that is what you are.
Thank, Jani -- my heart feels very full.

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