Thankful Thursday #57

Thankful Thursday #57

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

The Thankful Thursday Blog Hop is hosted by Brian from Brian’s Home. He encourages us to say what we are thankful for today.

Today I’m thankful for the friendly people that were at the supermarket today.

I was grocery shopping this afternoon. In the produce aisle a man asked me to hand him a pack of chicory. He was sitting in a wheelchair and couldn’t reach it. I said: “Sure. Do you want a pack with three or four?” He answered it didn’t matter, but I took a close look and made sure he got good quality chicory. He thanked me, and we went our seperate ways.

I decided to keep an eye on him from a distance, in case he needed more help. But after a short while I realised I wasn’t needed anymore. Everybody the man in the wheelchair asked for help did as he was asked, and everybody responded in such a friendly and compassionate manner.

It made me happy to watch this. These days I see so much tension and dispute – sometimes even hate. But today I saw so many people who were willing to help a stranger in need. It warmed my heart.

Sometimes it’s about the little things, and all I needed to do today was reach out and hand somebody a pack of chicory. I hope this lesson will stay with me.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

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21 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday #57

  1. That is the way it should be. I have a bit of an issue with one arm and cannot reach high or deep into a shelf and someone always helps. The other week I was in a situation like the one you post and I could pass it on. This is living as it should be.

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  2. There is a lot of nastiness out there, recently it seems especially towards disabled people, ans it’s nice to see about this exception and generally find places where people are actually helpful. It appears to have become rare. Just the other day a woman I know from a support group was in despair because of the new mask regulations, because she had like 20€ in her account for the rest of the month and had no idea how to afford the masks that are now demanded for shopping or usung public transport. Immediately everybody was thinking and one person in another city ended up getting in their car with a sealed mask and brought that to her (into the mailbox), so she can at least go buy groceries until the end of the month. Which was quite nice to see, seeing how much of “Me first! Me first!” is out there now.

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    1. I think the politicians didn’t realize how many people struggle with this new mask regulations. It’s expensive to follow the rules, and there’s no compensation. I’m glad this woman could be helped.
      Sadly I have to agree, if it’s bad, it’s even worse for us disabled people. Society didn’t improve in the last year.

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      1. I think, but it’s just me, they realized full well how many people are excluded from basic things right now. But they didn’t want to include these people in their plans. (I’ve read someone changed their mind, but I don’t think that something will come out of it.) But I do see that people who do not read into politics as much as I do and have less social contact with marginalized people might not see this. A lot of people with disabilties for example are dependend on ALG II etc., so it’s talked about in “my” circles or the circles the assistants’ move and work in (mind you, they’re not well-paid either). You may remember that toward the last year of my blog I was very political and it’s not like because someone forced me to delete me account I was equally forced out of dealing with a lot of political suppression etc. Over the last year for example we were constantly forced to deal with Ms- Gebauer in some form or other, that is, just because someone doesn’t “publish” on a subject any longer it doesn’t mean that subject is no longer present and urgent. The kid and I keep a journal about the pandemic and it’s full of political stuff like this inequality about the masks.

        By the way, something OT: If I comment somewhere the WP system keeps putting dergl as my name and I guess that’s because I use the same email address I used for the blogs, even though the account they were on was deleted ages ago. If I can spare a few minutes I might be motivated enough to try and change that, so don’t be surprised in case the name on my comments is suddenly different. It’s not that I mind dergl, it’s my name just as much and if I can’t change it or can’t be bothered to change it that’s okay. I just thought it would be nice not to have different names in different places.

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      2. I see changing your name finally worked.
        It’s downright cruel to exclude so many from basic rights, you can’t even go shopping without a medical mask here. How is homeschooling going for the kid?

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      3. Basically we get by and we probably do it better than a lot of other people, so he manages to keep his grades straight and such. But there is the occasional technical trouble because the school’s chosen platform messes up or my wifi gets cut. These things… Yet he is getting aggrivated and tired, which is totally understandable. Mind you, he hasn’t seen any friends or done things he would have wanted to do in nearly a year. But he keeps soldiering on and I really admire this, because I don’t think I had had the stamina at his age. The other day he refused to do his school work because he was looking up all kinds of ASL dictionaries because he wanted to know exactly (!) what the interpreter was signing when Joe Biden was inaugurated. I think a lot of people in his situation, kids and adults alike, would have gone Bloody hell, who cares. but he spent like six hours on that. Since I don’t know any ASL I don’t know how much he eventually could get together, though.

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      4. I’m not sure if I wouldn’t have dealt with this situation at this age either. A year is a long time, and I feel really sorry for him. We don’t get this time back.
        As a former teacher’s daughter, I always see this side of school as well. But sadly, some teachers are not willing to do their best in this difficult situation.

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      5. Well, at least his teachers are trying, most of them anyway. Some kids in his class also have skype conversations (through the chat thing) with him and all that. They do choreographies via online calls, too, because he loves dancing so much and they remember how much fun everyone had when the PE teacher had them rehearse some back in the Autumn, so they could dance in the school yard.

        His brother on the other hand was shunned by his Grundschule from (if I remember it correctly) mid-November on because of “Den können wir hier nicht gebrauchen”. That’s the other side. The other week I learnt that the brother has no idea what his classmates are called, while the kid had already made Hearing friends who tried to pick up the odd sign to talk to him without the interpreter nosing around halfway through Grade One.

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  3. Oh Viola, that is a lovely thing to experience, especially lately. I helped a lady reach something down from the frozen shelf in the freezer section yesterday. I’m as short as she was but there was nobody else around to help her and I didn’t want to leave her there. I climbed up and stretched as far as I could to reach it for her and she said thank you, and it was the first friendly interaction I’ve had in a supermarket in a long, long time. You’re right, there’s too much pushing, argumentativeness, tension, negativity. If we looked out for one another a little more – like you kindly did for that gentleman in the wheelchair – then the world would be a better place. I do worry for the disabled all the more these days, and the elderly who are so incredibly vulnerable. Heartbreaking. You’re a good soul, Viola  ♥

    I hope you have a relaxing weekend lovely
    Caz xx

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