The little things

"The older I get, the more I'm conscious of ways very small things can make a change in the world. Tiny little things, but the world is made up of tiny matters, isn't it?" Sandra Cisneros

Can 2020 be over now? It’s been such a rough year. It feels like we’ve been through five years in one. Remember when Australia was on fire? I bet you forgot about that. Remember when the president was impeached? That was just earlier this year. Ebola came back to the Congo, Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were just two of too many people murdered by police, the IMF announced an expected 3% decline in the world economy, the worst since the Great Depression, and we’re still in the middle of a deadly, global pandemic. High school kids did drive through graduations, cancelled proms and sporting events. My little brother finished his crucible in the Marines and will be graduating, but to keep everyone safe, they are not allowing people to attend the graduation.


And still, within all this darkness and chaos and fret, there are some bright spots of light.

My daughter and I went to the free COVID testing event at the county fairgrounds last week. We made it just under the wire-they ran out of tests right after us...we wondered why it suddenly seemed as though we were last in line, even though an enormous line of cars was once behind us.

When we finally made it to the testing tents, a superhero nurse helping with the event was writing our names on adhesive tags to affix to our test kits and she was struggling with the Bic pen. It was cold, and the pens were not writing smoothly. “This has been happening all day” she remarked. I had just refilled my purse with Sharpie pens and quickly dug them out, and handed them to her. “Here. Take these, they’ll probably work better.” She said “Oh my goodness, are you sure? Oh, thank you so much! This makes my whole day!” and proceeded to distribute the pens to her fellow nurses. I could hear her gleefully proclaiming “She gave us these pens that work!”

During this seemingly endless year, pay attention for opportunities to help others. Be a bright spot in someone's day. It truly is the little things that make a big difference.