Post #61 Friday, April 9th, 2021
For the last nine days, since my accident, I have been mostly ministering in some way to my battered body! Oy! Luckily I have Jackie’s help and good doctors and I will be fine very soon. But while I convalesced in my recliner, I had various thoughts about my experience and the news of our world.
When I tripped in front of the bank last week, and my head hit the concrete and I started bleeding, two men came rushing over to pick me up. They got me steady and one ran to get napkins or paper towels from his car…and then the second man did the same. These good samaritans were strangers to me. As I stood there tenuous and traumatized, my first thought was of another elderly woman I had seen in the news. She was Asian. She was severely beaten by a very large man on the streets of New York—-while several people watched from the safety of their lobby. They didn’t even TRY to intervene!! And when the assailant strode off, they closed their door and moved further into the building…offering no aid whatsoever. I was horrified by this newscast. And now, in my own distress, I realized that could have been my fate. Is it because I am an old, WHITE lady? Or because I live in a gentler place than the Big Apple? I want to think that The Whole country has not become racist, and that there are many people who are seeing this terrible trend and want to step out and speak up and write letters and March and DO something to change the tide of hatred. I believe everyone has the right to be treated as well as I am treated.
The photo at the top of this post is of my niece Mina’s beautiful, happy, innocent children. They are giving us the Peace Sign. We need to give THEM a sign. We need to see signs of peace in every community …to pave the way for these precious children to live in a safe and secure future.
Ciao for now, peaceniks…Patty ✌️?