From an early age I knew what I would be spending most of my life doing. I did not know all the ins and outs of it but knew I would be a mother, caregiver, and teacher.
After I retired what God intended for me to do did not become clear to me. Recently I have been thinking back over unusual things that have happened and now I am fairly sure what it is I am still here to do.
Since Covid a lot of my outings have been brought to a halt. One thing I have really missed is going to the grocery store and going out to eat. I don’t miss shopping because I am not one that enjoys shopping.
What I miss is the people that start talking to me and end up sharing with me things one would not expect strangers to do. For example, once when I pulled into the parking lot at a place to eat, I stepped out of my van and a man that pulled in next to me got out and greeted me. I asked him how he was doing, and he told me he was having an exceedingly tough time because his wife of many years had recently passed away.
I stayed and listened to him for several minutes as he shared memories of good times he and his wife had experienced over the years. When he finished talking, we both went in to eat. I was travelling to visit my family in another state when this happened and was many miles from home.
Almost every time I go to the grocery store or some other place of business someone will come up to me and start sharing things that are happening or have happened to them. I just listen and keep them in my prayers.
It has always been men and I wonder why they are so at ease sharing with me. This is what I have missed a lot since I am homebound most of the time. I’m looking forward to the day I can get back out and hopefully God will still use me to listen to strangers that just need someone to listen to what they have to say.
Helping someone to feel better is what I hope to always be able to do and listening to them is my pleasure. In my younger years I talked a lot, now I listen a lot.
What do you miss most being able to do since the pandemic?