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Look carefully...at the seemingly small moments...in the constant shaping of souls.- Neal A.Maxwell

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     "Would you be willing to use just water on your hair for a week or two?" asked my doctor.  "Probably not,"  I replied.  She laughed and said, "I didn't think so."  Once home I thought, "I'm allergic to something, I went to the doctor for help, I should be willing to do what she asked to try and figure this out."  Thus began a month of being shampoo/conditioner free (except for occasional dilute apple cider vinegar and olive oil - yep, a walking salad).   
     Yesterday I spent a number of hours at a windy track meet.  Last night combing out wind blown tangles I decided to try using just a little shampoo.  I was surprised at how delightful using shampoo was and I realized that I have gone my whole life taking such a luxury for granted.  I wondered what other luxuries I haven't  recognized and started making a mental list.  Still working on the list I ran the garbage out to the curb (having a truck pick garbage up once a week, definitely on the list).  Two friends pulled into the driveway just as I was headed out the door.  I left the door open and told them to go on in and I would join them in a moment.
     When I stepped back into the house the first thing one of my friends, who currently lives in an RV parked on gravel, said was, "Do you realize what a luxury you have to be able to go out and walk barefoot on cement?  She used the word luxury at the very time I was thinking of luxuries.  I had not thought sidewalks - I added them to the ever growing list.


     


but - what if...
     My husband and 14-year old walked the mile and a half home from church today so I could drive the truck home after choir practice.  Sweet gesture but I had no keys.  A friend gave me a ride home.  My husband and 18-year old both offered to drive to church to get the truck.  It was a beautiful day so I said that I would enjoy the walk back to get it.
     Not far from home I met a woman I frequently see out walking but have never had the chance to talk with.  "My name is S, do you like the sun?" She said.  "My name is C, I do like the sun - it's a beautiful day."  I replied.  We began walking together.  "Do you watch television?"  She asked.  "I don't have TV."  I answered.  "What do you do then?  Do you read?  What kind of books do you like?"  I talked about my books for a moment and then asked, "Do you like to read?"  "I like television." was her response.  "What do you like to watch?" I inquired.  "I like 'The Brady Brunch'," she replied.  We spent the next 5 or so minutes discussing which boy and which girl was our favorite, whether or not the parents were too strict, the kindness of Alice, whether we liked when the kids were little or when they were older... We came to an intersection, I was going straight, S was turning left.  As she was walking away I heard her address someone sitting in their yard, "Do you like the sun?"
     I have been praying that a loved one who lives away from me would find a friend close-by.  My prayers have caused me to wonder if others are praying for friends for their loved ones, and maybe I could be part of their answer.  Too often "what-ifs" get in my way - "What if they are too busy?" "What if I have nothing of interest to offer?" "What if...."  I thoroughly enjoyed my walk with S and I appreciated her example of ignoring the "What if's" and asking, "Do you like the sun?"


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