Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. ~ Elizabeth Bibesco
OK, gosh. You’ve overwhelmed me with your kindness and encouragement and prayers. I’m feeling a little awkward.
We’re still without a gate assignment, but the company we work for owns several yards where it’s possible to wait between jobs if there’s a spot. Monday night they were all full so we boondocked. Tuesday we got a call that there was an opening about 70 miles south. While we have no income right now, we also have no expenses since we have full hookup provided for free while we wait.
It’s not glamorous, but then, neither am I, so it suits me just fine. I’ve been overwhelmed by your outpouring of prayers and emails. I’ve been offered spare rooms and guest rooms and driveways! Thank you. I won’t forget your kindness.
I ended Dan’s story with a conversation that took place when he’s was 3 months old. I stopped there because my point was my failure to appropriate grace for the moment and the wise counsel I received.
That was 29 years ago (I’m a bit of a slow learner). I talked to Dan after I saw your comments. We decided I needed to update you a bit.
At 9 months, Dan’s brain slowly began to compensate for the ocular albinism, which the doctor describes as seeing the world as a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces. He had major surgeries at 3 and 5 to try to correct the nystagmus. He still has some today, but it hasn’t slowed him down.
Dan returned to the University of Iowa again in his early 20’s to get his PhD in Political Science. He’s now a professor at a college in New Jersey. He has a lovely wife, a 2 1/2 year old daughter and a 6 month old son.
All stories don’t have such happy endings. Whatever the outcome, the lesson for me is the same – sufficient grace is supplied for each moment if I’m willing to receive it.
Again I thank you for your love and prayers. You’re really quite an amazing group!