Along Twin Ponds Road...Truly Blessed

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By Ray Willis

I am truly amazed and grateful at how the Lord just continues to bestow his blessings upon me! 

Even today I was able to take my morning walk along Twin Ponds Road on a beautiful and peaceful morning.  Along the way I was again given the chance to observe three deer a few yards away from me.  It seems they were out and enjoying the wonderful morning also.  We all paused from what we were doing and took time to gaze at one another. 

Toward the end of the walk I was fortunate enough to see a redheaded wwoodpecker sitting atop a dead tree.  It’s not every day one sees that particular species of bird.

Today at church I was able to don my Coast Guard uniform once again and take an active role in the service by reading scripture and singing at our Veterans Day service while accompanied by our choir.

Much as happened since I last wrote.  I had written several columns in advance of my trip north during the middle of October.

On the way to Connecticut we stopped for a night in Arlington, Vt., where we had a nice visit with Roger Jones, a friend I hadn’t seen in over 50 years.  The fall colors at Roger’s place were exquisite, as they had been during the whole journey there.

I attended my 50th high school class reunion at Southington, Conn.  Those who were in charge of making this event happen did a truly wonderful job of bringing us all together for a few hours after so much time.  Out of class of 160 I am told about half of us attended. Thirty-one were deceased.

It was a wonderful experience to reunite with so many of my old friends.  Every one seemed to be having a great time.  I also visited with my cousin Harry who I hadn’t seen in over 25 years.  It was a pleasant experience even if for only a few minutes.

My sister, Claire, and her husband, Ken, allowed Judy and I to stay with them a few nights.  It was a wonderful visit.  They are such a solid, stable couple and have been married 42 years.

On the second morning there we awoke to over 2 inches of snow.  I took my usual early morning stroll, only this time along Hard Hill Road.  Along the way the wind was blustery.  It was below zero with the wind-chill factor when it started to snow again.  I enjoyed it so I walked further than my usual 2+ miles.

However, even more than the actual events I was involved in while in the North, it was a proposed meeting that never did materialize that had the greatest impact upon me.

Our first stop was to have been in Ithaca, N.Y. to meet a woman for morning coffee.  Because I had not heeded the advice of friends who said I had better book motels that weekend in advance, we did not meet with her.

Margaret Wakeley is the woman we were to have met in NY.  I had become acquainted with Margaret over the internet.  She is the Community Development Coordinator for the online service, A Network for Grateful Living.

A few days after we returned from our trip I received an email from Margaret that blew me away.   She would be on her way to New York City in a few days to donate one of her kidneys to her son, Casey.  I was truly amazed as I have had chronic kidney disease most of my life.

The transplant was performed, successfully Nov. 3.  Margaret and her son are both recovering very well.  Casey was on his feet and walking in the city just 4 days after surgery!

I am not surprised one bit that Margaret and her son have done so well during this awesome and amazing surgery.  You see, Margaret Wakeley is also one, who upon waking each morning, is also truly grateful to be alive and is thankful for all of the blessings the Lord has bestowed upon her.

God bless you.

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