Pause for Art

For the first time in weeks, I took a break to create.

The volunteering threatens to be all-consuming, but I am determined to find balance.

Weeks ago, when I started this venture, I was hoping to connect one displaced Ukrainian family with a host family in my area. Quickly, the requests poured in and soon I was connecting three to five families a day.

Three days ago, I was asked to help a charitable organization offering free flights. I said I would.

“Great!” said the contact. “I’ll email you a list you can start on in the morning.”

100 families. There are 100 families on the list. After the shock subsided, I sent out a request for help.

By late afternoon, we had a team of five, three needing training, and one veteran like me.

At the end of the day, the list had grown to 145.

I’ll be back someday, I promise.

Meanwhile, here’s a flower for your day!

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

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