Monday January 12, 2009
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 12:25.
Yesterday was another opportunity to meet some hitherto unmet relatives. My cousin Miriam celebrated her 70th birthday—although she was working harder than anyone to get the show on the road. Must have had about 30 plus people come through during the afternoon, some her relatives (and hence my unmet ones) and a lot of friends and neighbours. We met Miriam’s three sons and two wives and a couple of her grandchildren; most we had never seen before. Christian—yes that’s his name—was visiting from New York, a second cousin to both Miriam and myself, and a welcome addition to other discovered relatives of mine below the line.
Others were long time friends of Miriam. One man spent all his time telling us about his world travels, and his wife’s eyes filled with tears as she told us how she had first seen the Milky Way one dark night in Argentina. Another told us how, in an attempt to lose weight, he bought new runners that opened a sore on his foot. He ignored it in his passion to lose weight and the resulting infection nearly cost him his life. One lady was so enjoying herself she said she felt like dancing. I suggested that it was OK as long as she didn’t dance on the table, to which she replied that those days were over. I must’ve hit the nail on the head!
That was a fun day with six hours of related driving, and it capped off a week of non-stop activity. Today we were glad to slow down. We took an afternoon nap that I had looked forward to from the time I got up. Otherwise it was a pottering day, change some light bulbs, run some errands and complete a few unfinished chores. I think I can rewrite today’s Scripture: “A tired body weighs a man down, but an easy day and a long nap cheer him up.”