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Topic: CLEAR AS MUD (07/18/19)
- TITLE: Welcome to Happy Acres
By Donna Powers
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That’s what the sign in the lobby said. But I don’t see anything here to be happy about.
I'll admit the lobby was beautiful and there are lots of pretty pictures on the walls. Everything is decorated in lovely colors and the furnishings seem bright and cheerful. The staff here- including the nice young man who wheeled me to a room he said is mine- seem kind. The workers smile at the people who live here (they call us “residents”; I’ll have to get used to that) and the place seems clean.
But it’s not home. Oh, how I miss my home.
The nice young man (he introduced himself as Carlos) brought me to the nice, clean room and neatly placed my clothes into the nice, clean dresser he claimed was now mine. Then, he unpacked the toiletries Donny’s wife Betty had found in my nightstand at home.
I know Donny and Betty, mean well. I know they do. After my stroke, I suppose they had to do something to be sure I’d be safe. Since Donny’s job is so far away, I understandy why they wouldn’t want to live in our house. So there was no point in keeping it. And there’s not enough room in their little condo for me, so...
Off to Happy Acres for dear old Mom.
As Carlos finished unpacking my things, a friendly-looking woman wheeled herself into the room. Carlos gestured toward the smiling woman. “Maggie,” he said to me. “This is your roommate, Irina.”
Irina’s smile was warm and welcoming. I was relieved. At least my roommate seemed nice.
But when she began speaking, I couldn’t understand a word she said. Her voice was pleasant, and her eyes were kind. Her smile was wonderful - but I had no idea what she was trying to say. Carlos unnecessarily explained, “she doesn’t speak English.”
“Hello, “ I ventured. “I'm Maggie.”
“Mah- gee?” she asked.
Close enough. I nodded. Carlos - obviously feeling as though his work was completed after our introduction- waved goodbye and began walking down the hall.
Irina smiled. I didn't have any idea what to do. For me, this was the last straw in this day at what I couldn't help but think of as "Unhappy Acres". I felt stuck in this strange place; my home with all its memories was gone; I was sitting in an uncomfortable new wheelchair and I was about to spend the foreseeable future with a very kind - but incomprehensible - roommate.
I couldn't understand why God would do this. I know "all things work together for good*" but I couldn't see any good He could possibly bring out of this situation.
I pushed on the wheels of my chair and propelled myself to the side my new bed. Irina - she certainly is a chatty one! - continued to regale me with a conversation that may as well have in been Martian. I considered retreating into my new bed. I decided the stress of today had earned me a nap.
Then, across the room, in a prominent place on Irina’s dresser, I saw a picture of Jesus. Well, I had one of those, too! Finally; common ground.
Gingerly, I reached into my new top drawer and grasped the picture. I held it up. “Irina, look!” I called out. “Jesus!”
“Jesus!” She echoed, and smiled widely. I sighed with relief, and smiled back.
I placed the picture on my nightstand. As we smiled at each other, the light of His love began to soothe my injured spirit and bring light into the darkness of my soul. Irina and I will have a long way to go to understand each other, but we’d found our
Common Ground - and He would serve as a beginning.
* Romans 8:28 " And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
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