Yesterday, Emma posted this comment on the blog. It made my day. Since I suspect most people don’t look at the comments, I thought it was worth posting here for everyone to read.
It’s funny how a seemingly insignificant act can ripple out and effect others in ways not foreseen… I’m working a summer job in a care home for the elderly. My duties are to come in before dinner, set up tables, help with meals, dishes, and clean up afterwards. There are appx. 30 elderly residents who come out for meals; tonight they were served peas! These are people who are visually impaired and who can hardly hold onto a utensil. Needless to say, none of the peas made it into anyone’s mouth.
By the time the meal was done there were peas everywhere! Hundreds and hundreds of peas!! on the chairs, on the floor, rolling off the tables, all for me to clean up. As I’m trying to figure out how to clean these peas up, I felt a resentment rising. “Who was the genius who decided to serve this for dinner?”
For some unknown reason, your post about peas came into my mind and instead of being angry I found humor in this. I started laughing, then the old folks caught on. Instead of them being embarrassed over their inabilities, they started joking and laughing too. I had the best time picking up those peas! And so did about 30 old folks who rarely have anything to laugh about! So, thank you for that silly little blog which included that remark about the peas!
Now, I have to figure out a way to restore my reputation as a sullen angst-ridden teen. Oh, sorry, I know I’m “off topic” again. But, thank you. Emma