The Tuesday Guys

That was the filename that the Volunteer Manager at Manna gave to this picture that she took of the four of us in the warehouse a couple of weeks ago. Yes, we are still at it at the food bank. The need to tackle the issue of hunger in our communities still remains. This is one of the activities that can get me to a happy state of mind in the morning regardless of my state of mind when I got there. It is remarkable how that happens! Have you ever heard the theme song from the old sitcom Cheers?

The last year has impacted our little volunteer group somewhat. Two of our regulars have had to take an extended break due to various reasons. I miss their presence, and I hope to see them once again some day. They had become like family. That having been said, I have also noticed that there are some routines, even those that seem to be foundational, that are difficult to get back to once you take a break. So I am keeping my fingers crossed.

The three of us to the left of the picture below have been at it for a long time. The young man on the right joins us occasionally. He has been helping us for quite some time. Here is a case of a person doing something not because he is forced to do it, or because he is being paid to do it, but because he feels like doing it. There is no need for him to join us older folk in the work at Manna. Yet he does, and he does seem to enjoy it. Young people can be inspiring. We will probably not see him once he goes back to college. That will be a loss. But life will also go on…

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K. Joseph

I am an engineer by training. I am exploring new horizons after having spent many years in the Industry. My interests are varied and I tend to write about what is on my mind at any particular moment in time.

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