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Sunday, July 02, 2017
My first post of the current year in January was a modified edition of
my newspaper column article of the same week, titled "The Millie Way." It featured Millie, a remarkable
lady in her late nineties. This contented soul lives alone in the thick of a
rural wooded area with only basic amenities, yet faces life day by day with
confidence and faith.
Cottage among trees, but not Millie's
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I’d heard much about her, but she and I hadn’t actually met. Now that
has changed. And so, with Canada Day behind us on this 150th Birthday year I’ll
sharethese “Millie Moments” with you
now that we’ve stepped into the second half of this signal year. Canada was
fifty-two years young when she made her appearance.
My much anticipated meeting with her finally came several weeks ago. It
was a quiet affair; just she and I in that humble, though embracing, abode that
is itself embraced by the towering friendship and protection of the surrounding
family of trees.
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Oh, but I mustn’t forget Millie’s constant companion, Peach – her
beautiful orange cat. This seasoned creature in cat years is more than equal to
this lady’s own great age of almost ninety-nine. Peach stole over and checked
me out – quite amicably, I thought – then ambled off to the comfortable
familiarity of Millie’s lap where she purred away contentedly.
And so what did Millie and I do? What did we talk about? First of all
was a little bit of fact-checking, since up to this point all my information
about her was second-hand and had depended on the reliability of that
information but more so on my memory – which, these days all too often lets me
I’d written that her son checks in on her from time to time. However, I
learned that her son and daughter and her husband had all passed away. I
learned, in fact, that it is a nephew living within a short drive who calls by.
Other extended family members also do, on occasion. They ensure she has
Her sight isn’t sharp enough now to read, and so I read that article to
her. Since her hearing isn’t quite as acute as it used to be I spoke up and
enunciated the words. She listened intently, and graciously accepted my humble
efforts to encapsulate and present elements of her story, and she seemed
unperturbed by her life’s being opened up to you and others, in this way.
Millie knows God as a daily reality in her life. She’s no stranger to
serious illness, and surgeries have come her way, while currently facial
cancers present a concern. However, despite hardships and though bereaved of
her nearest and dearest, she continues to trust Him. As I sat in her presence I
felt blessed by a gentle serenity.
Before leaving, I read several verses from her Bible, gently took her
hand in mine and prayed briefly. Was there anything I could do for her before
leaving? No, she was just fine. A parting greeting and a hug, then I was on my
way driving down that winding path in the woods with heaven in my heart.
If only the whole world could enjoy such treasured moments,
perhaps even wars might cease.
P.S. I have one regret: I hadn’t thought to take a snapshot or two
during my visit.
A blessed, fulfilling and happy CANADA 150 to you!
Peter A. Black is a retired pastor - well, sort of - and lives in Southwestern Ontario. He writes a weekly inspirational newspaper column, P-Pep! and is author of Raise Your Gaze ... Mindful Musings of a Grateful Heart, and Parables from the Pond. ~~+~~