Morning Plots & Errands

Isn’t that great? Reader Brian J (who also made the Nun News Network graphic and the Rush/Bullock/Baseball one) sent that over and I love it. In terms of who is in or out, I have always been “out” and my advice on pretty much anything is worth about a nickle, so it’s right-on in every way.

This morning is going about working at a local hospital, as I mentioned here.

Then, I will be dedicating some serious time toward developing two ideas we have talked about here:

1) Funding scholarships for DC students who have been negatively-impacted by Obama & the Congress, who defunded the charter school scholarships program, in a kowtow to the teacher’s unions.

2) Brainstorming the logistics of both collecting and then delivering some baseball equipment, toys and books to the kids in Petit Goave, Haiti. I look at those two beautiful children every morning and chide myself for not getting it done yet.

I’ve had discouraging news on both fronts, lately; the scholarship idea is surprisingly complicated, and it seems that in Haiti, unless you have trustworthy people personally delivering stuff, packages will never reach their destination; thieves get to it first.

But I have a couple of ideas, and I need to spend a little time plotting them out.

All of this is by way of saying, if your comment does not show up immediately, please don’t post it ten times. That just gets you marked as spam, and then your stuff goes into the spam filter, possibly never to be found again, if I’m not in the mood to go through it. Comments that fell into moderation will be released when I get back!

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  • Jeanne

    Could you work through one of the Catholic orders stationed in Haiti to deliver those good things to the children? They must have someone on the ground to receive it and personnel coming in and out of the country to oversee the delivery. Just a thought….good luck.

  • Robineus

    Any US military units still deployed down there? If so, ship the baseball stuff to them for delivery. And it’d go in customs/duty free!

  • Jeanette

    I was given a few hours’ notice to sit with a man from our congregation a couple of weeks ago. His wife wanted me to sit with him from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am the next day.

    He had had a stroke about two weeks prior and she wanted him watched around the clock. He was very restless and a handful, but I didn’t mind as the pleasure was all mine.

    Last week my husband sat with him from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm as they had a CNA dedicated to watching him all night by then.

    We were supposed to watch him last night from 7:00 to 11:00, but were told he was being moved and they didn’t know the policy there at the new place.

    Today I called his wife to ask since we had heard nothing and this is what she said, “Jeanette, to be frank, he wants men.” I was stunned and hurt. She knew it would be my husband and me and other couples had sat with him before. It helps pass the time while he sleeps and the man can do the moving of him etc. that needs to be done.

    I was good enough for overnight when the guy on the overnight shift had fallen asleep the night before I was there and the man fell out of bed, but now I’m not good enough to see him in his pajamas.

    It stings, but I’ll get over it and she was sure to tell me she would be calling on my husband only (I can’t be there) for duty next week.

    I just felt as though cold water had been thrown onto my face.

    Please pray with me that these negative feelings will go away. I understand the reasons, but I hardly want to see the body of an 80+ year old man who has suffered a stroke.

    [I am sorry to read this, Jeanette, and that your feelings were hurt. None of us likes to make the generous and loving effort, and have it spurned -especially when the reason for the spurning seems unfair or capricious. Not knowing this man, I wonder if he is the sort of fellow who thinks men should always project strength and therefore does not know how to be around a woman when he is in weakness? It's his issue, though, not yours. You did a good and generous thing, and you will be blessed for that, and if you give the pain you are feeling to Christ he may well help you to understand this man better, and be at peace. We do what we are called to do; how others receive it is up to them, and says more about them than about anything else. I like this thought from an interview over at National Review: As we say in Catholic philosophy, the mind receives according to the mode of the receiver. In this case, the man you were sitting with was not able to receive your good as you intended it. But it is entirely up to you how you receive his rejection, i.e., whether you take it personally or simply decide that this is all you were meant to do for him at this point, and kiss it up to God, or whatever. We are, all of us, fighting our great battles. Your kindness will not go unrewarded! -admin]