I do think I should thank the USA for all of the years I was welcomed to live within its borders–23 in total. I met such kindness there in the early years. Difficult times were always helped with unexpected kindnesses, love and care.
These are difficult times for us all, of that there can be no doubt. But in our difficult times, we find friends and friendship. Did I ever tell you of the time when I lived in a remote place where I built my home on land that had no water? I was hauling water from the river on a weekly basis. Thankfully the river was pure enough to drink. Well, one day a man I knew nothing of asked me what I was doing for water. I told him I hauled the water from the river. He said, “Well I live in Houston but I own that little place across the road from you. It’s been on the family for four generations now. I have water. I’d like to give you access to my water storage for free!” The man left and came back the next day with 350 feet of water pipe with all the fixtures and fittings I would need to hook into his water supply. “Come with me and I will show you something.” Peter said. Across the field, he showed me the pump, the tank and where to make the connection. He told me that I needed only to bury the pipe 6″ deep as the freezes were never that deep. His parting words were. All of this is a gift to welcome you to Texas and the USA.
A few months later I cut myself badly and couldn’t work for a few weeks. A neighbour heard of my dilemma and sent me a check for $10,000 as a gift with a note saying, “We owe no man anything except a debt of love. Please receive this free gift.”
Did I ever tell you about . . . Well, I’ll tell you of that one and maybe a dozen others like it later maybe!
Thank you, USA for all your lovingkindness to me and my family. I will always love you! I do hope that you remain safe in the face of all conflicts and adversity. The 20th of January will be a day of many transitions but throughout history, we have always overcome. My heart is always with you!