This past week was my spring break. I had planned to spend the week at home doing things that needed to be done, watching a little TV and drinking coffee.
By Thursday afternoon I had most everything that had to be done crossed off the list and I was ready to spend the next three days having fun. Just then, I got a call from Frankie’s vet letting me know his yearly supply of heart worm meds were in and I should come to pick them up, the sooner the better. Sigh. I had already decided what places I was going to shop and what time I had to be home to watch a show I enjoy on Friday. Darn dog.
Friday morning I arrived just as the office opened. I got the medicine and piled back in the car grouching to myself about having to drive so far out of the way. When I stuck my key in the ignition to head home, I remembered that I was really close to Linda’s house. I thought as long as I was out here, I may as well see if she was home. I called. She answered. I said I would be there in 10 minutes.
You see, Linda is in the final stages of leukemia. She is really, really sick. I doubt she will be here this fall. When I called she was having a rough morning. I walked into her house, past the sign that said if you had germs you shouldn’t come in, and hugged her. Despite that she shouldn’t be hugging people. She cried over the injustice of knowing her granddaughter wouldn’t know her. She told me how awful she felt and how she really didn’t have the energy to do anything but lay down and how much her oven needed cleaning. I listened and held back the tears and went over and figured out how to turn her oven to the self cleaning mode. We had an early lunch of broth and toast, started the dishwasher and then sat on the couch for a movie.
Four hours after I arrived, I left. The oven was clean, Linda was on the way to a nap and I had learned two very important lessons.
1) People are always more important than schedules. Always.
2) Even if the situation can’t be fixed and can’t be made better, there is something you can do to make it bearable.
Today, take a minute to hug your family, wave to a neighbor or send a card to an old friend. The cost is nominal and the value is priceless.