Daily Quote: January 10, 2021

How far you go in life depends on your
being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

~ George Washington Carver (American – Scientist / January 10, 1864 – January 5, 1943)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

The second Sunday of 2021 and we’re still under lockdown. Church services will be attended on-line instead of in-person. We’ve gotten used to saying “Peace of Christ be with you” in the chat section of the page. No danger of hugs, handshakes or smiles without masks.

The vaccine is much slower to be distributed than we had hoped. Nursing homes and care givers still aren’t even close to being done. Distribution seems to be quicker in the USA, so some Canadians have decided to go south and pay for the vaccine rather than wait their turn for the free one at home. Travel abroad during the pandemic has cost many their jobs when they return, especially Politicians and Health Care Professionals. My friend and travel companion in Essex ON, who works in a Nursing Home, has had her vaccine. She is anxiously waiting for the border to re-open so she can see her 2 year old granddaughter again in Detroit.

The closure of Elementary Schools was extended another 2 weeks. I’m not certain if I were a parent at this time if I would let my children go to school or remain on-line learning at home.

At the same time my 2 year old granddaughter and 3 year old grandson started Pre-school (Day Care) last week and the changes in them is unbelievable. My grandson is autistic, but with the loving hand of my granddaughter he was welcomed into the school. She took his hand and introduced him to others and all the play areas. He has also shown interest in being toilet trained (something his mother feared he may never be able to do). So the influence of peers and interacting with others shouldn’t be underestimated. Like sunshine for flowers, a leading hand by someone who loves us unconditionally may be all we need to grow.