Monday's Musings... - May 7th 2012 - Helping others to fight Blindness

May 07, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Yeehaaaawwwww…. There is a BLUE SKY with this big yellow circular item – according to Wikipedia, it’s called the sun.  The birds are chirping away – quite happy to feel the warmth of the sunshine this morning.  No need to keep spending money this morning on one of our many friends named Bill.  He goes by various first names… Electric… Gas… Water… Insurance… yep, good ol’ Bill, he keeps asking, but rarely stops working as long as you pay him.   Of course Mr. E. Bill is needed to keep Mr. AC working… interesting demonstration of supply and demand relationship there.  This time a year ago, I was home recovering from triple bypass surgery, and dealing with the added frustration of our AC system that went on vacation.  Be that as it was, and no uncertain amount of telephone calls, emails, along with several visits by 3 different companies, all claiming to be ‘the’ expert, things finally started working again.  It was not exactly a very comfortable time.  I didn’t raise too much ‘fuss’ in the process, but in a proper military manner, I did get people’s attention.  This gave me a pause for the cause… I was able to speak up and defend myself and take care of my wife during this situation… supposed I hadn’t been able to?  What then?  There are more than a few of you who receive this weekly post, who are well past the age of retirement.   The rest of us undoubtedly know folks who are in the same bracket… be they family, friends, neighbors, folks we see at church each week, or routinely see in the store when we shop.  If you happen to notice not seeing your elder neighbor across the street waving to you this morning, or outside checking on their flowers as they normally do in the evening, you might want to check on them and make sure they’re doing okay.  Let em’ know you care…   People do appreciate it… even the grouchy old has-been types…

 

Speaking of neighbors taking care of neighbors… in the past few weeks I have mentioned some of the bigger non-profit organizations who have helped others for many years – Special Olympics, The Foodbank, etc.  Yesterday, a newer organization called Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.blindness.org)  held their first event in the Hampton Roads area.  Their purpose is to organize fund-raising activities to help fund research to end blindness.  It’s a pretty tall order, being handled very quietly and without a whole lot of hoopla or fanfare.  Not surprisingly, local optomowhooseewhatchamacallits (better known as eye doctors with 75 various hard-earned acronyms in their title) were very much involved, with teams of employees and friends all pitching in to help out.  It is always easier when you have plenty of volunteers ready and willing to help.  There is one fraternal organization who goes for helping work on vision issues in a very big way – The Lion’s Club.  These guys and their wives were everywhere yesterday, helping to make sure that everything and one was taken care of.  They were most definitely in their own element yesterday.  The next time you see these folks out collecting old eye glasses – try and help them out if at all possible.  They’re doing it to help everyone… including a very good friend of mine who has recently started to learn how to adapt to a vision-impaired environment.  He’s doing okay – well enough to become a newly minted 4th Degree Sir Knight (the highest degree we have in the Knights) on Saturday.  Thanks to another friend and also a newly minted Sir Knight -  who with his wife helped organize this event, he was able to participate in the Vision Walk.  If you would like to see images of this event, please check the website later today.

Think about it – if you weren’t able to see, you wouldn’t be able to read this… a thought.

 

Finally… even though we heard the President state on television that he is planning on standing down our presence overseas in Afghanistan and elsewhere in that region, the fact is very much in evidence around here that people are still being sent over to do their part.  A group of us got together yesterday to spend some quality time with a certain young lady who will be deploying to Afghanistan later on this year.  For now, she’s going to be spending some quality time learning about how to move about in a proper military manner in a very hostile environment.  For sure, she will be missed…Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge - © John Cadell PhotographyAfternoon - Back Bay

From all of her family and friends… KEEP YER HEAD DOWN!!


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