January 2, 2019, Prescott-
I sat in comfort, on New Year’s Eve, not knowing that a new friend was toughing it out, on snow shoes, of all things, headed to and from Courthouse Square. When she finally shared this with me, this evening, I could only say: “Next time, please call me and never mind the time.”
This is how I was raised and how the people in my circle of friends were for one another. Even in the worst phases of my autism, I knew better than to ever leave a family member or friend in the lurch. I wasn’t always so good at it, but I did make the effort.
A few minutes later, there came a post from another friend, elsewhere in the country, about a particularly nettlesome difficulty she was facing, due to other people’s inefficiency and lack of communication. I am furious on her behalf and could only say as much, whilst praying for resolution of the matter.
I have faced the harshest of communication and the most endearing that it can convey, over the past six decades and eight years. I have also had good friends up and leave, without so much as a “Farewell”. I will not chase after them, and if they come back, I will be as glad to see them, as if they never left.
Caring, in my view, does not mean patronizing or groveling. In fact, it’s the opposite. We are here to raise each other up, period. Tomorrow, I will join my above-mentioned local friend in a leisurely activity, likely taking some children on an ice-skating venture. This, from one who tried skating three times, as a child, and fell down each time I got up, should be interesting.