Friday, January 2, 2009

Peaceful Warrior

Christmas this year--came in several doses and it happened early.

In September my mom took us to Seattle and Lopez Island, most definitely one of my favorite places to visit in the whole world.
Then, in mid December I got to go to Phoenix with Susan and Crit and the munchkins. It was superb! Hanging out with the BFF, eating midnight pizza, skirts and sandals, fireworks, skinny dipping in Lake Saguaro in December? Yep that's right-- it's true. I still haven't given it up. I dare say I never will. I'll be skinny dipping when I'm 80 years old!
On the way home from Arizona I was a bit sad... and that's when Christmas really happened this year. My dad was there waiting for me and Ezra when we got off the plane. We collected our bag and as we were heading out of the airport my dad pointed out three travellers sitting by the payphone with all their bags. My dad said offhandedly "I think they might be stranded" and without hesitating I walked over to them (mind you Ezra is in the backpack so I'm figuring they will feel less intimidated by a braided hair chick with a kid on her back) and asked them if they needed help. It turned out they had each come from different parts of Central and South America and were on their way to Sun Valley to work at the resorts for the winter, but their shuttle had never come for them so they were stuck in Boise in the terribly stormy weather at 10:00 at night. And the Boise airport is not exactly hoppin at 10 at night so there was no food or anything. Anyway they were waiting for a call to see if the lodge might send someone for them (three hours away). I told them if they needed a place to stay they could come to our place. They said they had to wait 20 or 30 minutes for their call to see what would happen. I gave them my number to call if they ended up stuck and we left. I told my dad I wanted to get them some food and bring it back to them so we went and got them a pizza. When we got back to give it to them they were so shocked. They were like "Why are you helping us?"
Well...why? How many times have I been stuck, stranded, or in need of a miracle? I can't number them. But I can say I totally KNEW the look I saw in their eyes. I knew how they felt. And I wanted to help, for all the times somebody has helped me.
So... they got a tour of the exciting farmland between Boise and Nampa on VERY snowy streets, and they got some dinner. They got warm beds and showers, they got a local bacon, eggs, and fried potatoes breakfast, a lunch bag to go, and a ride back to the airport the next day. Thanks to my dad for going along with how I wanted to help. :) He is such a good sport.

It was the boost I needed to get me back into being home. And now we have three new friends. :)
That's Christmas. If you ask me. And I don't mind that it came a little early this year.
Leandro (from Argentina), Manuela (from Brazil) and Luis (from Peru)Making Breakfast for the crew-- (and yes that is spit up on my arm, its part of my wardrobe now).

So now go watch the movie called Peaceful Warrior. It's a bit odd, BUT here's the point I got from it, which has been stewing in me this last year: In everything you do whether it be pumping gas, making a bed or a lunch, or competing in the it with your heart. Do the little things that no one else may ever see or know about with as much attention and care as you would do the things that seem grand and "important" and noticeable-- and do them all with love.

That is what this world needs.


heather jane said...

I love you and I like you, sis!

p.s. How is it that I live ten minutes away and I am just now hearing about this?

p.p.s. I think your word for 2009 should be HEART.

Parker and Vanessa said...

Glad you had a good time. When are you coming to visit??? Our house is open, please come. I'll call you soon to figure out details!

Ryan, Mary, Cash and Marley said...

Reb, you are amazing. Good work, and I agree... that is Christmas!

Holli said...

What a wonderful post, Reb! You are an amazing woman -- the world needs more stand-outs just like you.


Lindsay and Casey said...

well...before I read everyone else's comments I was going to say Reb you are awesome! But that just sounds like everyone else...I guess that means it's really TRUE. You are awesome!

Lindsay and Casey said...

well...before I read everyone else's comments I was going to say Reb you are awesome! But that just sounds like everyone else...I guess that means it's really TRUE. You are awesome!

ecuakim said...

You know, Reb, you and my dad are a lot alike. My dad always stops to help "the stranded" and otherwise needy. I'm proud to be his daughter because of his generous heart. Ezra will be proud of you, too.

Anonymous said...

Reb why are you so cruel to people? I think you could have been a little nicer to them.

bwaa ha ha

Timothy and Nicole said...

You are amazing! I love it skinny dipping one night, and serving the next. That is really a rebecca quality to notice someone in need. You really know how to live. I love it!

tanyamae said...

looks like fun.