Sometimes you don’t have to do very much to feel very good about what you’ve done.
Through the subtle magic that is Twitter, my small network of online friends slowly grew to include Allison, a lovely young lady with an equally lovely disabled daughter named Faith. I don’t expect I shall ever meet either of these two in person, but I have watched and listened for months as they struggle through the challenges of their lives together.
Recently we learned together how Faith responded so positively to the presence of a dog, calming her and giving her a focus for love and attention. And so the search for a service dog for Faith’s own began, and recently they received the marvelous news that Faith had been matched with Bella, a beautiful Siberian Snow Husky.
Service dogs don’t fall out of the sky, of course. It takes months of patient and expensive training, and these costs need to be born by the family to whom the dog is matched.
Coincidentally, I received some 8×10 prints from Zazzle.com today, just some test prints I’d ordered to see how my images – which I’d only seen on the computer monitor before – would really look on paper. I was stunned by the results. These folks did an excellent job. My picture “Brown Bottle” was one of the prints I’d had made, as it is one of my favorite images, and I found it absolutely breathtaking on paper.
I looked at it for a few minutes though, and immediately realized I could put this marvelous image to better use than in a frame on my wall. Instead I put it back in the envelope it arrived in, and sent it to Allison to be be auctioned to help raise funds.
I’m not fooling myself. I don’t expect any print of mine to raise hundreds – probably not even tens – of dollars, but it means a lot to me to have been able to do something since I really have very little to do anything with. That makes a world of difference to me.
And in some small way, it will make a world of difference to Faith, too.