Waking Instants 04: RUTH


People That Make a Difference

Ruth was my second Mother. A friend of the family, she was there from beginning — the day I was born actually. Over the year’s our friendship grew and what we shared is indescribable.

Ruth or “Ruthy” as I called her, lived next door and was married to Jim. They were close friends of my parents and I was at their home ALL the time. I never much liked being alone in mine, plus, Ruthy cooked all sorts of meals I was more than happy to eat.

She taught me about jazz and other great music — songs like Winchester Cathedral and musicians like Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. I would borrow her albums, probably scratch them up a bit, then eventually return them for what ever else I could find in her record cabinet.

My favorite day of the year is May1. It’s my favorite because Ruthy and I would celebrate it by creating May Day plates out of paper plates and decorating them with shells from the beach and other items from our yards. She and I would go out to dinner, eat hot dogs on the beach, and take walks — Ruthy was one of my Great Advisor’s.

Probably one of the most effective pieces of advice Ruthy gave me was when I was trying to understand why my parents would always compare me to other kids. Sitting in her TV room, she said to me: “You’re a smart kid Rich, you’ll figure it out”.

Sometimes all we need is for someone to listen to us, someone who, without judgement — believes in us.

Thanks You Ruthy! #Gratitude #WakingInstants #PeopleThatMakeADifference

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