Photo by John Stack
'It's good to be blessed.
It's better to be a blessing. ~Author Unknown
So often we do not realize what a blessing we are to others. We might
not think we make an impact, but often we do make a huge impact in someone
else's life. The following story is just one example.
In the faint light of the
attic, an old man, tall and stooped, bent his great frame and made his way to a
stack of boxes that sat near one of the little half-windows.
Brushing aside a
wisp of cobwebs, he tilted the top box toward the light and began to carefully
lift out one old photograph album after another and his old journal. Opening
the yellowed pages, he glanced over a short reading, and his lips curved in an
His eyes brightened as he read the words that spoke clear
and sweet to his soul as he read the inscription for June 14th . It stood out
because it was so brief in comparison to other days. In his own neat
handwriting were these words: 'Wasted the whole day fishing with Jimmy. Didn't
catch a thing.'
With a deep sigh and a shaking hand, he took up Jimmy's journal
and found the boy's entry for the same day. Large scrawling letters, pressed
deeply into the paper, read: 'Went fishing with my dad. Best day of my life.'
In the faint light of the attic, an old man, tall and stooped, bent his great frame and made his way to a stack of boxes that sat near one of the little half-windows.
Presentation Convent, Listowel
I took these photos on May 28 2013.
Alas, no more!
They have a lot to answer for.
As an addendum to last week's article about Cyril Kelly and Writers' Week, Martin Sheehy, all the way from Phoenix, Arizona sent this comment:
"Hats off to Cyril Kelly and honour to his late mother-Mai Naylor ( Mrs. Kelly) and her friends from Upper Church St., all of whom brought joy to my boyhood-Babe Jo Wilmot ( Mrs. Collins), Masie Gleason ( Mrs. Sweeney), Maureen Horgan ( RIP), Noreen Horgan ( Mrs. Lynch), Marie Kiely, Moira Madden ( my late mother, Mrs. Sheehy), Josie Madden ( my late aunt, Mrs. Flynn), etc. Before and after Vatican II, with or without Mai's hats, they were and are a memorable crowd. "
June 15 2013 in Ballylongford