Sunday Sermon and Some Special Friends

2 Dec

“A mirror cannot reflect your spirit as well as the eye of a friend.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


A very chilly morning. My personal Google Assistant told me it was 42 degrees, but with the wind chill, it feels like 34. Normally, I would spurt out some expletive, but today I said, “All right. I get to wear my sock monkey hat today.”

From my vantage point, I get to see when the bus from the Chateau rounds the corner, then I can scoot through the long hallway and run over to the side door and greet the bus as the lovely ladies get off the bus. They all get a big hug, and I get the biggest smiles.

Today’s Gospel was from Matthew, telling us that just like in the days of Noah, we will not know when the Son of Man comes. There will be no warning.

44 Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

My take on it… Gosh, nobody really knows when their last day will be, or even when the end of the world will be, or even if there is a heaven or hell. So what? Just do the best you can, be the best you can. If you are happy with yourself and happy with your life, that’s all that matters.

After Mass, Helene and I held the doors for the exiting congregation. Those doors are huge and heavy, and there are so many elderly folks and families with babies. So, it is really appreciated. See! Little things like that are what makes you smile inside. We stopped at McDonald’s afterwards for hot chocolate and tea, then over to the grocery store. I needed to get some fixin’s for the dinner I was preparing. It was so cold, I decided potato soup and salad would be perfect.

While the soup was simmering, I got to FaceTime with the granddaughters. They are just so cute. The baby was busy biting her toes, and the three year old was eating a waffle and working with some play dough.

At 6 o’clock, the TOTS were coming over for our annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange. (TOTS- Table Of Talent Sisters.) They wanted to get together before I leave for Chicago. I am so lucky that they agree to come to my house because I really don’t have any family here to celebrate holidays with. So, when they come to visit, my house feels like a home.

I spent several hours making the potato soup with all kinds of vegetables and even a pound of sautéed bacon and onions. Combined with a big salad and Snicker peanut butter pie for dessert, it was the perfect dinner. There was plenty for leftovers and doggie bags.

We sat and talked and ate and talked and laughed and exchanged beautiful gifts. These are the girls who have seen me through some pretty tough times, and I know they’ll always be around, through good times and bad. True friends. (True friends stay and wash all the dishes and clean up even when told not to.)

As the Gospel said, you never know when your last day will be, but I can’t help but think, isn’t it wonderful to have a day like today?

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