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Joanne has published more than 2,500 articles and was award recipient of the 1990 Woman of the Year for Beaver County, Pennsylvania, for her accomplishments and excellence in journalism and to the community. Her co-authored book, “Unforgettable Journey,” won fifth place in the Grand Beginnings romance contest. An excerpt from her WIP, “Unearthed,” placed her fifth in the Absolute Write Idol contest. Most recently, her essay, “Perseverance,” is published in the Stories of Strength anthology in which 100% of the profits are donated to disaster relief charities. Her most recent articles were published in ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest, AbsoluteWrite.com, and Moondance.org. She has a monthly freelance writing column at Absolutewrite.com. Currently, she is the sole caregiver for her 85-year-old mother.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Little Things Matter The Most

Friday came and went too quickly. I took Mom to adult day care and went straight to my house to visit with Two Feather. We went to the post office to mail the bills I’d worked on the evening before and then we went to the store to pick up a few groceries. While we were at Wal-Mart we bought a few new releases to add to our collection of movies that we watch during the cold winter months.

When we got home, Two Feather was full of surprises. He built a fire in the fireplace and told me to lie on the couch and relax. I guess he could tell Mom and I had a long night. Without telling him, Two Feather always seems to know whether I was up most of the night or whether I was able to get some rest. He always encourages me to rest when I’m home even though that is our only time together.

Watching the flames surround the logs in the fireplace was hypnotizing. The heat from the fire warmed the living room and my heart knowing that Two Feather does whatever he can to make me comfortable when I get the chance to relax in our house. He knows that it doesn’t take much to make me happy, and it’s the little things that mean so much to me and matter the most.

I dozed off watching the fire and before I knew it Two Feather was waking me up at 1:00. He stood above me smiling and asked if I felt like eating. When I said, “Yes,” he said, “Good, sit there. I’ll be back in a minute.”

It took him less than a minute to bring a tray into the living and set it front of me. He’d made buffalo tenderloin and fried potatoes while I was sleeping and had already slipped one of the movies into the DVD player for us to watch while we ate our lunch together.

Two Feather cooks his own dinner every evening since I’m not there to do it. He seldom comes to Mom’s to eat because he doesn’t want her to feel uncomfortable. Our meals together are far and few between.

The meal he made was wonderful for a lot of reasons. Buffalo is excellent if cooked properly, and Two Feather knows exactly how to cook it. The meal was also wonderful because I didn’t have to cook it. Here someone whom I should be cooking for was catering to me. What more could I ask?

We watched the movie Fracture while we ate. I’ve always loved Anthony Hopkins. He’s such an excellent actor. From Silence of the Lambs to Hannibal, the deep psychological parts he plays never cease to show what an amazing actor he can be. Fracture was no different and his part delved into the deep recesses of the mind once more.

When the movie was over, Two Feather and I talked for a bit and it was time for me to leave to pick up Mom.

Friday was a joy. It was one of the best days I’ve spent at home in a very long time--even if it was for only a little while. But…it’s the little things that matter the most.

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Blogger flintysooner said...

That's very, very sweet.

I really like bison, too. In fact I thought seriously about raising a few bison. It's strange that the way back for the herds of bison is through ranching. There's a pretty good association here. They are such magnificent creatures.

Glad for your Friday.

10/13/2007 6:35 PM  
Blogger ~Betsy said...

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10/14/2007 12:54 PM  
Blogger ~Betsy said...

Two Feather is, as my mom would say, "A real keeper!" I'm so glad you have him in your life. I can see you are, too.

Sorry about the deleted comment above. It was so full of typos!

10/14/2007 12:57 PM  
Blogger nancy said...

i'm so happy you had a nice relaxing day with two feather. you deserve it!

10/15/2007 5:37 PM  
Blogger Joanne D. Kiggins said...

Yea, they are magnificent creatures. I think I posted a picture a month or so back of the ones we watched during our weekend away. They are very special animals. Two Feather has a very old bison robe that was passed down from his great-grandfather. The bison are very special animals to the Indian culture.

10/15/2007 10:32 PM  
Blogger Joanne D. Kiggins said...

Oh my goodness, Betsy. That's exactly what my mom says about Two Feather. "He's a keeper!" Sounds like your mom and mine would get along great. LOL

I'm glad I have him in my life, too. He's a very special person. The fact that his culture believes in taking care of and respecting our elders makes it all that much more special that he is in my life during this challenging disease.

10/15/2007 10:36 PM  
Blogger Joanne D. Kiggins said...

Thank you, Nancy. It was relaxing, and it was good to read that you also had a nice weekend. I'm so happy you had that time to make the trip...What beautiful pictures too.

10/15/2007 10:38 PM