Recent events have me thinking again...never good when I have a bit of a think, you've no idea what I'll come up with...
There is a woman I often see around town...she's large lady with a deep dirty laugh and she's invariably cheerful...Irish people tend to stand close to you when they're talking and often touch you on the arm or the shoulder to make a point...and that is just what this particular woman does.
We don't know each other at all...but if I meet up with her in the shop or the hairdressers, she'll chat away happily about this and that and pat my arm to emphasise something she's said.
I do like meeting with her...she's a ray of sunshine, even when she's swearing about the car drivers not slowing up at crossings...she says she'd bang her crutches on their cars if it wasn't for the fact she'd fall over and never get upright again without the assistance of most of the people in the street.
She walks very slowly with the aid of elbow crutches...her legs are wobbly and she's generally with a friend to help her up and down the kerbs and to carry her shopping for her. She has to lift first one leg and then the other when she's getting in and out of her car and if she's unaware she's being watched, she grimaces in discomfort while doing so.
Of course she might be awful when she's at home...she might grumble and grouse and bewail her lot and demand cups of tea...
Some people have a rough deal...not through any fault of their own...just because they do. Some grit their teeth and make the very best of their life...
There are a few people who charm you immediately...their personalities shine and you feel the better for having met them or for knowing them...some people have the kind of face which attracts you to them...crinkly eyes and laughter lines are my favourites. You remember Brian who lost his dog recently? He has such a lovely face...his eyes are sparkling and his mouth is always turned up with some happy thought...
Perhaps we need to occasionally meet with the sad and the lonely to remind ourselves of the huge benefits of knowing the happy and cheerful souls we meet with...and I think also that it brings home to us the real need for kindness and empathy...not to be a Pollyanna...that'd be too much to cope with...but just to let our kindness show through.