and a town in mourning again. Last week, one of McBride’s fine young men was killed at his place of work.
I’m done being apologetic for the grief and empathy I feel, even when I “didn’t know them well”. Nobody has criticized me, but my inner self keeps acting bashful about all this emotion.
I don’t think any parent would deny that this is the worst nightmare for a parent. Maybe no other human would. The boy who died will be missed by many broken-hearted people of all ages. Bryan was witty, friendly and kind. I didn’t know him well, but I know that in his own gentle and quiet way, he had a long reach.
I keep pluggin’ away at the fall cleaning. Some work was decided for me last night when I heard a mousetrap snap in the kitchen. I couldn’t bear to look for about an hour, and then I found a trap with no casualty in it, but evidence that a mouse had been injured. Damn it … that bothers me. I don’t want the mice in the house, but I don’t want any to suffer.
This morning, I pulled the fridge out from its nook, then cleaned under and around it, then the counter tops… no mouse body. No idea where it went, and silently I thought, “Sorry little mousie.”
I listed a couple of small appliances on Facebook Buy & Sell, and finished up some dog-related chores. I delivered a couple of half-baked projects to “the quilter’s studio”, which is the only way my efforts are ever going to get completed. In a way, removing the quilt tops and backing reduced the clutter in the back bedroom.
I keep getting sidetracked, and I get weary and footsore. Why can’t I keep some momentum and accomplish more in a day?
Hope you are well, or have the support you need if you are not well. I have a joyful life, but sometimes my heart is heavy with concern for those who are suffering. I’m sure you are the same way.
Photo: Birgit Stutz. View of McBride from “halfway lookout” up Teare Mountain. Our home is about 2 miles to the left (East).
Below, Shelly as she heads off to an important workshop relating to “Rural Nursing” or nurse practitioner certification.