Day 103: Dave

18 Jul

We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.
– Nelson Mandela

This year on 18 July – Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday – the UN is joining a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of our time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

Sixty Seven Minutes! That’s all that this Nobel Peace prize winner has asked of us to help change the world. What could we do in such a short time that would be productive?

We could read to a child. We could serve soup at a shelter. We could donate blood. We could take our therapy dog to visit those who are ill. We could donate our usable goods to any number of charities. We could take the time to get to know our neighbors.

Today I began to make an Apple Pie and almost immediately I thought of Dave. I knew that he’d had a stroke but I had not yet visited him. I wondered if Dave would even be able to eat the pie that I’d made him. But since I was pretty sure that Dave was today’s pie recipient, I went to the place where he is currently staying and walked to his room.

When he saw me he had a questioning look on his face. I introduced myself and repeated something he’d once told me “Your wife is in love with my husband.” Well, Dave took one look at the pie and said, “And I think that I’m in love with you!” Warm Apple pies have that kind of effect on people.

It was wonderful to visit with Dave and his wife this afternoon. I don’t know if this is what Nelson Mandela had in mind, but I do know that I felt better after my visit. It took such a small effort and yet the rewards were tremendous.

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. Buddhist saying.

6 Responses to “Day 103: Dave”

  1. Carrie Prechtel July 19, 2011 at 6:52 AM #

    I think you’ve made many people fall in love with you… and it’s not just the pies.

  2. Dana July 19, 2011 at 8:45 AM #

    Thank you Karen. My grandma won’t stop talking about it!

  3. Lisa Fortmiller Beach July 19, 2011 at 11:13 AM #

    What an amazing gift. My father and mother are spreading the word and so appreciate being included in your pie a day mission.

  4. Gladys and Dave Fortmiller July 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM #

    Dave and I are still glowing from the beautiful gesture of your wonderful pie. After we’d both enjoyed a healthy slice, we shared the rest with many of the Staff at Linda Vista..You have stars in your crown..

  5. Gladys and Dave Fortmiller July 19, 2011 at 3:17 PM #

    Loved the pie..after a healthy slice for both of us, the evening Staff at Linda Vista shared the rest..


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