I met her briefly a few weeks ago. We were having an early Thanksgiving lunch, for the tenants and their guests. She had just returned from being away. It would have been fun to say that she had just returned from a cruise, where she got to see the rest of the world. Or knowing what I have learned recently, to say she had returned from overseas, helping others. As a nurse, helping others had been her life. She also knew that being a nurse allowed her to have the independence she wanted. As well as finding employment easily, to keep moving on.
But no, she had returned from a skilled nursing unit, to her little apartment in the Senior Housing complex that I have the privilege to work at. She had had open-heart surgery. She was gracious, full of kindness and she also had red hair. She loved to garden, and did so in the courtyard for everyone to enjoy. Meticulously marking out the grounds to know where the most sun was during the day, in order to plan well, and have the best flower garden. For Kathleen, independence included her enjoyment of time spent alone. It is difficult to get to know folks who enjoy such an activity. But I respect their ways and their choices.
Love does endure.
This kettle was in her kitchen. I knew immediately, I needed this kettle. It is durable, scrubs up good as new, and is strong enough to last for many more years to come. Positive traits, in kettles and human beings as well. I look forward to scrubbing, a little re-seasoning on the inside and cooking with it. For a meal shared, around the table, with my family. Until then........ food to feed the soul. A recipe for kindness, so that love may endure.
I thank you for this time to share at Hearth n Soul @ a moderate life
* a donation has been made to a designated charity, in exchange for the kettle.