Each day on the trail I pick up the trash. Restore order small scale Clear debris with panache Flush cottontail and quail. That’s not a newsflash.
Discovery of the proverbial white rabbit, however, certainly is unusual. Like Lewis Carroll’s famous creature, I found myself fretting “Oh dear, Oh dear, I shall be too late.” In this case, I feared I would be too late to save the poor little thing, obviously, a pet, escaped or abandoned, from our Arizona elements. With summer heat at its most intense, usually 105+ and that snow white coat, I figured its odds of survival at near zero. How to help it? I feared without intervention, it would not last a day.
Every day past the school I carried the sack, Penny sniffed, Penny looked And, we kept careful track But, only trash filled the sack. She watched me get fitter. Sometimes begged for a treat. No crime except litter Ever found on our street.
I don’t usually report on healthcare as it’s not my area of expertise. I suffer from believing just as much of the murky mythology surrounding it as anyone else. A Mission of Mercy is a classic in promoting the resilient community. In a way, the local volunteers aren’t delivering healthcare, they are delivering hope.
My reports more often describe the interesting places and quirky things you might see while touring Phoenix. I like to include adventures that fit the senior lifestyle or assist disabled tourists in some way. Let’s face it, we all want to see what’s out there. The more I thought about it though, A Mission of Mercy is, in fact, an interesting place…..er… places. It’s mobile, you see.
Dr. Seuss once called “The Waiting Place, a most useless place.” He had an entertaining way of describing this level of broken. In his book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, he described people
“Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.”
A Mission of Mercy volunteer chooses to wait not at all. They go. They serve. They deliver.
Sometimes it really pays to use a little of your leisure time as a local tourist. Arizona state parks are great places to visit although they might not be the first tourist venues selected. We just don’t travel to those amazing spots though, even within a short drive. Perhaps we think of “vacation” as a distant place. Unless, of course, the place happens to be on a visitor’s wish list while they are touring Arizona because it is a distant place.