We Are Community for the week of Oct 9th, 2023, by Joyce Steiner

We Are Community 171

Some of us have the luxury of growing older, some do not.  Hopefully as we grow older, we grow wiser and are more understanding and compassionate.  We also lose loved ones.  My immediate family have all passed and my family became my late brother’s family.  Important holidays have been spent with my sister-in-law and her children-two nephews, a niece and my nephew’s two sons.

I got to know my niece well as she helped me at 3rd Sunday Market for several yeas and this meant spending a whole weekend with her several times a year.  Not long ago she had an episode while at work and was taken to the hospital where it was discovered that she had cancer which had spread throughout her body.  We lost her on Monday.

She was one of the most generous people that I have known and she will be missed by so many.

We are not supposed to lose family members younger than ourselves yet I know that many of you have lost children or other younger family members and it has to be so difficult.  May God comfort us all.

Sometimes I speak of a God wink.  I had two older kitties that were inseparable.  One passed a few weeks ago and I knew that the other would soon pass too.  On Monday I saw a plastic bag by some bushes and when I went to pick it up, I found the second kitty near the bag.  God helped me find him and I was able to give him his final resting place near his friend.  Without that plastic bag, it would have been very difficult to locate him.

Spent much of the week organizing my third load for Spoon River.  Already had two van loads at the Red Brick School but took another over on Friday and spent the whole day setting up my booth.  That was quite a job for a “little old lady”.  I had to put up all my tables, cover them and then unpack and arrange about 16 banana boxes of merchandise and a bunch of furniture but it finally all came together.  Was back at Smithfield by 8 am both Saturday and today.  I certainly am not complaining.  Keeping busy with something I care about helps keep me sane and helps me deal with life.  I do not know how I would handle loss without the store to give me some time to not think about it.  Find something you love and do it.

Anyway, Spoon River was fine.  Sold several things both Saturday and Sunday as well as saw friends, made new ones and ate very well.  If you did not make it on the Drive this weekend, you still have Saturday and Sunday of next weekend.  Smithfield is in the middle of the Drive and is not nearly as crowded as some of the other venues.  Come see me and eat some home-made chicken and noodles, pie and apple dumplings at the School.

Went to the Plymouth Village Board meeting on Wednesday only to see a sign that it had been cancelled.  Was very surprised that an all call had not been made to announce this.

Would like to thank a neighbor who sent over dinner to me at the store on Saturday evening while I was doing book work from the show.  It was getting late; I was very tired and the meal was very much appreciated.

I hope you have a good week.  Please pray for all of us who have lost loved ones.  Please also pray for those who are ill.  So many friends are in the hospital or have been in the hospital this week.  Don’t hesitate to tell the people in your life that you love them.

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