I reposted the original header of the website in part because the late Miriam Beachy liked it. She and I worked in the Florida office of the Southeast Mennonite Conference so we were friends. Miriam was a widow and resident of Greencroft when she called by phone to tell me that she thought the header was so very appropriate. It reminded her of my lone spiritual walk into the future.
My “Joy” likes the header, too, and that is another reason why I have re-posted it. She will be vacationing with her daughter in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the Smoky Mountain National Park before she comes home. Her lily refused to bloom while she was home so I took pictures of it in bloom for her. Diana, my thirteen year old granddaughter, said, “that’s good,” when I told her that “Joy” and I communicate daily by cell phone.
My constant companion is Crystal, our dog. She seems to be at ease resting at my feet. She also spends time at the sliding window door watching rabbits, squirrels, birds and any stranger who she happens to believe is violating her territory.
One daily duty of hers is to take me for a walk each evening. Here she is watching me closely as I get her leash. That always brings her to attention. Often she is too active for me to catch her on the camera. She leaps at me and barks till I silence her with a command to be quiet.
Crystal takes the lead on our walks. She watches for other dogs, takes care of her evening “duties,” and generally enjoys the exercise. At about 9:00 pm she asks to be put in her cage and be rewarded by a “treat.” You see by the green color of the grass that we have had an abundance of rain.
So our garden is growing. This year Eldon chose to buy a few cabbage plants. He has “cabbage growing” in his blood because his father grew cabbage plants by the million for sale to farmers who contracted to grow cabbage for sauerkraut canneries.
So what does The Old Fool do when he is alone. He thinks about blogging and how he might respond to remarks he receives on the various issues that are raised. He watches TV, toggling between liberal and conservative stations. Today he watched the Zimmerman trial in Florida because he is interested in anything that happens to Florida. He watched events unfold with minimal violence in Egypt. He wonders how he can promote the non-violent movement begun by Jesus.