Geese are flying north and seed catalogs are arriving, so spring must be coming! Somehow that’s making me notice people blooming where they’re planted.

A few examples I’ve noticed this week:

  • A literacy teacher by day runs a once-a-month family literacy event in a very poor part of the county, complete with free supper, program and free books for each child who comes.
  • A friend living in an assisted living facility goes down the hall to read with a neighbor who has dementia so the neighbor’s husband has some time for himself.
  • Various websites, listservs and Facebook pages of info and support for people with various disabilities maintained by people with those disabilities.
  • People on the pet food program for elderly/disabled/low income folks taking care of animals for their neighbors who’ve landed in the hospital or nursing home.
  • A retired grade school teacher teaches Sunday school and puts all that teacherly wisdom into great lessons for those kids.

A recently retired friend visits weekly a couple former colleagues who live in nursing homes.These blooms inspire me. As Mother Teresa said: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” What blooms are you seeing?

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