Thursday, December 6, 2007

Running With(Out) Scissors

Yes, I am forcing myself to carve out a few minutes this morning to update. First, I wanted to let you all know that I did NOT give the birthday wish list to the hubs. I figured many of you thought he must have read it and kicked me out, therefore, I had no computer access. Well, no to both of those assumptions. Also, I'd like to let some of you who were really concerned know that the list was written, tongue-in-cheek. My husband is a dear, sweet man and can even be thoughtful at times. But I do thank those of you who sent those empowering emails to me. And you all know who you are! ;-P
So I'll explain the title of this update. I am running without scissors because after more than 24 years in the hair salon world, I have decided to hang up the old shears. I do still cut hair for my immediate family and some seniors who just can't get out and go to a salon. But my knuckles just wouldn't let me do it anymore. I haven't mentioned that I've developed arthritis in my hands. I whine so much about everything else, I just hated to bring that up. But now it's out. I couldn't hide it anymore because they simply stopped working when trying to do haircuts. It's even hard to peel apples, potatoes, etc. I have found that if I take Aleve before doing haircuts it helps.
Before I go, I'd like to share with you all something that really has pulled on my heartstrings. If you know me and my son, you understand why this is so important to me. Over the last couple of weeks, I have gotten to know a most amazing woman who does volunteer work for some of the local ARC group homes. ARC, if you're not familiar with that acronym is, Association for Retarded Citizens. I think they've dropped that for political correctness and call it "Arc" now. However, I'm not 100% sure of that. Anyway, the important thing is, there are more than 160 individuals with special needs living in these homes. Their ages are anywhere from 20-60 years old. Can you imagine being an innocent child, trapped in an adult body? Can you imagine, believing in Santa Claus and never being remembered during Christmas because you have outlived your family? Imagine being a parent of one of these angels but you are unable to care for them so you have no choice but to place them in a home for the disabled to be cared for the way they need and deserve to be cared for. You would want your precious child to be remembered on Holidays and birthdays, wouldn't you?
I know it's the holidays and we all have our favorite charities we work with. I've sort of floated around Christmas after Christmas giving to this cause and that cause; They are all worthy. But I have found a permanent home for my compassion now, for this is where my heart truly is. I still want to help Toys For Tots but there is always room for one more. These forgotten children's wishes would humble you like you've never been humbled before. I have adopted four angels. For example, their wish lists are as follows:
*Roger age 60: Loves family movies
*Margaret age 50: A book that plays music and makes sounds when you push the buttons on the side. (Stephen will be choosing her books; They are on the same ability level)
*Jerome, an elderly man: House slippers
*Clifford, an elderly man: House slippers
*Simple crafts for senior men for one of the group homes.  ~ Most all of the wishes I saw were like this; All of their requests are so inexpensive and simple. You can spend as little as $5-10 or as much as you'd like. They are very appreciative and grateful darlings. Stephen is always more excited to get a coloring book and crayons than he is a computer game. They are all so easy to please. Shouldn't we all have a heart like them? What a wonderful world it would be. You can read an article about it here:

Friends and family who live nearby, If you'd like to make this a Merry Christmas for a forgotten adult-child, you can go to the Nextel dealer at the Publix shopping center in Pelham. If you are not living in our area and still want to help, contact your local ARC and simply ask them about their group homes and I'm sure they'll guide you in the right direction.
I will close this update/announcement now for I have a million things to do today. I will try (really, really hard) to update before another five months or so goes by. ;-)
Happy Holidays to all of my journal friends!


my78novata said...

yes there is so much you can do for families iwht those who have special needs loved ones. tim eis the most important gift you cangive.
yes your getting like us all we can t do it anymore I m sorry you ahd to give it up but I know the feeling

indigosunmoon said...

You are such a wonderful person Mia.  I hope you, and your precious family have a wonderful holiday.  Thanks for giving me something else to think about besides my own woes.  When bad things are going on you tend to get the "why me" mentality, and forget that there are always people worse off than you are.  I have so much to be thankful for. Thanks for the reminder.
Love you!

aimer said...

Mia, it's nice to have you back! I love this post; I'm going to contact my local ARC first thing on Monday. Your words have truly remined me of what this season is about.

Btw, I have nothing but empathy regarding the arthiritis. I have it in my knees and dread that moment when I first stand up in the morning!--Sheria