Alone, but not lonely

My "Joy's" Lily

My “Joy’s” Lily

I reposted the original header of the website in part because the late Miriam Beachy liked it.  She and I worked in the Florida office of the Southeast Mennonite  Conference so we were friends.   Miriam was a widow and resident of Greencroft when she called by phone to tell me that she thought the header was so very appropriate.  It reminded her of my lone spiritual walk into the future.

My “Joy” likes the header, too, and that is another reason why I have re-posted it. She will be vacationing with her daughter in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the Smoky Mountain National Park before she comes home. Her lily refused to bloom while she was home so I took pictures of it in bloom for her.  Diana, my thirteen year old granddaughter, said, “that’s good,” when I told her that “Joy” and I communicate daily by cell phone.

IMG_0377My constant companion is Crystal, our dog.  She seems to be at ease resting at my feet.  She also spends time at the sliding window door watching rabbits, squirrels, birds and any stranger who she happens to believe is violating her territory.



One daily duty of hers is to take me for a walk each evening.  Here she is watching me closely as I get her leash.  That always brings her to attention. Often she is too active for me to catch her on the camera.  She leaps at me and barks till I silence her with a command to be quiet.

LEADING THE WAYCrystal takes the lead on our walks. She watches for other dogs, takes care of her evening “duties,”  and generally enjoys the exercise.  At about 9:00 pm she asks to be put in her cage and be rewarded by a “treat.”  You see by the green color of the grass that we have had an abundance of rain.

IMG_0398So our garden is growing.  This year Eldon chose to buy a few cabbage plants.  He has “cabbage growing” in his blood because his father grew cabbage plants by the million for sale to farmers who contracted to grow cabbage  for sauerkraut canneries.

So what does The Old Fool do when he is alone.  He thinks about blogging and how he might respond to remarks he receives on the various issues that are raised.  He watches TV, toggling between liberal and conservative stations.  Today he watched the Zimmerman trial in Florida because he is interested in anything that happens to Florida.  He watched events unfold with minimal violence in Egypt. He wonders how he can promote the non-violent movement begun by Jesus.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to Alone, but not lonely

  1. Grace Miller says:

    Awww. What a sweet companion dog and lovely blog post! Her ears are up listening to each move you make even when she is resting, and her eyes are watching for clues to your next action. She is adorable. Thank you for sharing the pictures and story of your day with Crystal. I’m looking forward to updates on Crystal “tales”.

    I also enjoyed the picture of Eldon’s cabbages & the interesting family cabbage trivia. Does he have a family recipe to share? Sauerkraut is one of my favorite foods. Yumm!

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