Over the winter my 85 year old Mother suffered a severe health issue, complicated by dementia . She remains in hospital waiting a long term care home bed.Unfortunately she can never go home again....... Lots to do; dealing with cleaning out her home, selling it and making choices for what nursing homes my sister and I would like Mom to go to. Banking, lawyers etc.
Thank goodness, there were 2 of us to share the responsibilities.
With the arrival of spring my "job" restarted, last year I started to volunteer at a Pioneer Heritage Village. Working with school children Grades 3, 7 and kindergartners teaching them the hard life of 1850 pioneers . Who knew I could teach tinsmithing, bannock baking and weaving.
Putting my love of history to good use.
This week I was fortunate to attend a volunteer appreciation event in Simcoe at the fairgrounds in the Junior Farmers building.
Who doesn't like a luncheon one doesn't have to cook which included a side of appreciation.
There were over 200 volunteers from many agencies. Norfolk General Hospital, Sprucedale, United Way to name a few.Our group "Friends of Backus" from Long Point Region Conservation Authority numbered 10.
Lunch was made by a local restaurant , trays of Chinese food. So yummy .
|Theme this year "Volunteers Cast A Beautiful Shadow"|
The 2 cakes were made by the youths of Sprucedale correctional facility . My daughter Sherry would have loved the icing ; thick , rich and very sweet!
Norfolk County mayor Dennis Travale was one of the several speakers to say thanks for all the hard work volunteers do.
The highlight of the appreciation event was the main speaker, Evelyn Wood, from Rockton area.
She spoke of seeing humour in one's life ,relating stories from her own life; she had the crowd holding their sides with laughter..Wonderful positive speaker.
A quote I liked in particular.
"Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. We are not getting out of this world alive.
Evelyn is a volunteer herself , The Rockton World's Fair a pet project.
Volunteering brings me a sense of satisfaction, no appreciation lunch was necessary.
Yet ,it was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon(even tho the house and garden both need spring cleaning ).
I came away with a sense of appreciation for life , even with all its trials and tribulations; and even more so, an appreciation of humour lightening the darkest of days.
Perhaps that is the point.