Monday, February 8, 2010
Today’s mail brought in another batch of bills and forms from doctors, the hospital and the insurance company.
Thankfully, I’m one of the fortunate ones with good insurance. As an administrator, I deal with complex paperwork all the time, but I have to admit these forms can be intimidating.
I’m sensitive to the needs of people who don’t know how they’ll ever afford needed medicine or treatments, and those who get lost in the paperwork system or are denied coverage.
I had supper in the Afra Home, which is home to our 1st – 3rd grade girls.
As a way of promoting reading, I sat on the couch after supper and let the girls take turns reading stories, which all were excited to do.
The biggest difference I see between this semester and last is the progress the first graders have made with their vocabulary and comprehension skills.
During a break, one of the first graders started talking about her family.
Prior to St. Joseph’s, she spent a lot of time in a shelter. There were times as a kindergarten student when she was responsible for babysitting and caring for her three younger brothers and sisters for long periods of time.
Some of our kids have been through a lot, and I encourage them to talk it through with houseparents, teachers and counselors. The younger students freely talk about everything. The older students tend to hold more within and need to build trust so they can share.
I received a book in the mail today – the reflections of Cardinal Joseph Bernardine of Chicago, written during the months when he was dying of cancer.
I was in Chicago for graduate school during that time and admired the way he so openly and freely shared with people. During that journey, he found the ability to live so fully each day.
When you look around, you can always find people who inspire us with their love and compassion during the hard times they’re going through.