Acts Of Kindness

28 Oct

Today is my last day in California. I feel like I helped get these babies off to a good start, which was my goal. My son-in-law is having back surgery next month and my daughter is healing from PPCM, postpartum cardiomyopathy. They have additional family members coming after we leave. Send prayers.


Dad with the girls, Analise and Sara.

What an exhausting and rewarding experience. I am a bit at a loss for words. It’s time to get home to Bacalar. Lisa’s immigration is due and I am off to paint again for a week in Oaxaca, a commitment I wish I hadn’t made. 


Doctor Max

This morning I went to church and found myself in tears thinking of the families in Pittsburgh who were themselves sitting in prayer unprepared for someone to attack their synagogue.


Our bundles of joy.

And then there was the news story of an 18 year old who drove three and a half hours one way to deliver a favorite pizza to a man in hospice dying of cancer. Acts of kindness are all we really have. Be generous and compassionate, especially to people who are different from you.  




11 Responses to “Acts Of Kindness”

  1. emilievardaman October 28, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

    The good, the bad. Some days it seems the bad outweighs the good. But maybe that’s because the bad gets screamed in headlines.
    I surely hope the small good deeds outweigh the bad. Most days I believe that.
    Safe travels.


  2. Karen October 28, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    I’m also at a loss for words. Even though I haven’t been anywhere I’m exhausted. I wish you all a safe trip home to Bacalar. Maybe you can use the time at the painting retreat to put some of your feelings on paper. Blessings to you.


    • afish25 October 28, 2018 at 7:44 pm #

      It’s hard not to be embarrassed by our country. Mexico has posted a travel warning as I’m sure has the rest of the world.


  3. Laurie Ryan October 28, 2018 at 3:32 pm #

    Safe travels, Alex. Yesterday was indeed a sad day in the US. Now that we are in Akumal, I find myself not even wanting to hear or read news from the United States. Randy and I need an emotional and mental reset. So glad to hear that your grandbabies are doing well. Sending positive thoughts for your daughter. Perhaps we’ll meet up in Bacalar in the not too distant future. Thanks for the post… sometimes that message just needs repeating.


    • afish25 October 28, 2018 at 7:43 pm #

      Do let me know if you visit Bacalar. I need a week of laying in the hammock with my dog.


  4. daompatti October 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    If you’re down toward Juchitán, give me a shout! I will be starting my new position as English Professor next Monday (I’ll be in Tehuantepec for about 3 days first), and will be there for at least 6 months. Don’t know what I’m getting myself in to, but am looking forward to the adventure ( I think!)!


    • afish25 October 28, 2018 at 7:41 pm #

      I’ve always wanted to go to Tehuantapec. You will have a great time. Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Karen October 28, 2018 at 4:49 pm #

    I am sure you and Lisa were a tremendous part of getting these precious babies off to a great start
    Safe travels.


    • afish25 October 28, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

      Thank you Karen. It’s been fun.


  6. Jack Scott October 29, 2018 at 3:22 am #

    Restores your faith in humanity.


    • afish25 October 29, 2018 at 6:34 am #

      We must hold to that faith. The alternative is bleak.


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