Filed under: Germany, Italy, postcards, postcrossing | Tags: chickens, eggs, Verona
I absolutely love postcrossing.com.
I had taken a long break from sending official cards but have recently decided to send a few a month. So, now I’ve received an official card myself. It came from Germany and it’s an odd little card with a chicken on it. I love odd cards, though. I wish I knew was the little saying was on the front, but alas I don’t speak German.
I’ve also received a card from a woman in France. Isabelle and I trade postcards one at a time and I get some really nice ones from her. She and her family just returned from a vacation in Verona, Italy.
Filed under: birthday, death, fish, mom, worries | Tags: fish tank, goldfish, preschoolers
So, I’ve explained to the G that I think that Orange Fish is sick and that we may get up one morning or come back some day and he might be dead. He asked why and I explained that Orange Fish seems to be getting a bit sick. He hasn’t had anymore questions, but maybe we’ll have to have a discussion about death soon. I don’t know.
Of course I thought that was going to be the case last spring. One of his classmates couldn’t be at the school picnic because her grandmother had died and the family had to travel to New York to attend the funeral. I explained why she wasn’t going to be there. I sat on pins and needles for a few minutes waiting for a question like, “What is dead?” or something similar. I could see the little wheels turning in his head. Then, he asked, “Mommy? If Grandma Wanda or Grandma Sandy dies, am I going to have to go to New York?” I told him that no he wouldn’t have to go to New York…and laughed inwardly that I had gotten myself all anxious over nothing.
At least that’s how I’m feeling right now. I’m involved with an organization called ChemoAngels. The website is chemoangels.net. Anyway, the purpose of the program is to set up people who are undergoing chemotherapy and other cancer treatments with volunteers. Traditional angels send their patient small gifts and cards at least once a week. Card Angels (that’s what I do) send their patient cards and letters at least once a week. So far I’ve been a Card Angel to two patients. I’m not sure what happened to my first patient because I was just notified by the organization that she had stopped providing updates and was no longer a part of the program. Shortly after, I was assigned to my new patient.
Anyway….my patient informed me that she would be coming to our area for her job on a certain day that I’m already occupied. I’m being purposefully vague because of a confidentiality agreement. Anyway…I had originally thought that I would be able to go and see her do her job but that was before I remembered the other obligation. Now, I feel bad because I had mentioned that I would be coming to the event in question that she is involved in. Now, I have to tell her that I won’t…I just feel bad…
But, for anyone who is reading this…ChemoAngels is a great organization and I’ve found it very rewarding…you should check it out. So, I guess if nothing else, me venting my disappointment is at least a way to maybe get more people to learn about it.