My friend Alex came to stay last weekend. She came on Friday and went back yesterday. When I have visitors, what I want more than anything is to treat them like tourists: Go walking with them on our lovely hills, take them shopping, go out for meals … but not being able to drive a car limits what I can do with my visitors. Alex is blind as well, so it wasn’t as if she could do the guiding; where we went would have to be somewhere familiar. Because I’m someone who likes to be doing, and because I want people to get the most out of their time here, that could have been really frustrating. Could have been, if it wasn’t for the kindness of my family.
On Saturday, I had an E-mail from my mum. Herself and her car were free, she said, if we wanted to go anywhere. I gave her a call and she suggested going to a very large shop full of soft furnishings, bedding, cookware … So much to choose from! Had he been with us, Alex’s husband wouldn’t have understood the appeal, but all 3 of us enjoyed it, and Alex and I both came back with new things for our houses.
Of course I’ve already thanked Mum, but just wanted to write this post in tribute to her. I know she’ll be reading, and I know it’s a lot to expect someone to guide 2 people round a shop like that, and to describe everything so well. In fact I’d never expect it, but Mum regularly goes beyond any expectations I might have. She also invited us to Sunday lunch with her and Dad, and we spent the afternoon with them in a local park, eating ice-cream and listening to a rock choir and a brass band (though not at the same time!).
I took Alex to a café church near where I live on Sunday morning, and was surprised how well we got on with our 2 canes. No trip-ups for ourselves or anyone else! And we heard a timely message about thanksgiving and giving God the worship that’s so rightfully His. Alex thanked me for the weekend, and very kindly told me that even if we hadn’t gone anywhere, she would still have had a good time.
So, those few days have made me feel extremely grateful. If you’re housebound and that’s a struggle for you, I pray you’ll have someone like my mum in your life. Maybe with their help, you can get out and enjoy more of your surroundings, or maybe just their being with you and their ability to describe the world around you will make things that little bit easier.