There is an awful lot of bad news in the world today. Nature brings droughts, floods, fires and earthquakes. People commit thefts, assaults and murders. But here and there, in at least the same proportions, you can find good in the world through people who care about others.
God has connected me with a lot of incredible people through the years, but especially now when I need them most. Some significantly sweet souls have come to me disguised as ordinary people. One such person is a friend in a group I meet with once a week. One day, she arrived with a charming basket. In it was a pair of unsuspecting socks. Also tucked away in the basket were scissors and sewing needle and thread. She brought that basket and its contents weekly. We curiously looked each week as she emptied her basket; and watched as she expertly knew how to cut here and sew there as the socks transformed from their original shape to legs, then arms, then a head and body. At some point a face appeared….and then, of all things, a tail ! Special touches were given along the way. Questions were asked as the creating took place – “what do you think, higher or lower?” and “does this look okay?”. Then it was adorned with adorable apparel.
To my surprise, when the cutting and sewing were completed and the creation had been given it’s finishing touches, it was presented to me as a gift. My surprise was evident. I hope my gratitude was also.
Having watched its transformation over the weeks, and seeing the time and care that was invested in it, I felt the wholeness of the gift. And now, when I see the end product – when I touch it, when I feel it, when I hold it, I am reminded that someone cares.
Melody Monkey, so named because she puts a song in my heart, is our mascot for meetings now. She offers companionship, comfort, and inspiration to and for all of us.
When one person shows love, it is often multiplied and offers hope to the world. This special friend of mine displayed a most pleasant form of monkey business.
photos by a mutual friend