I’ll part here from posts of a more spiritual and (hopefully) inspirational nature to share a little antidote which you may find humorous.
(Some good might as well come from my being “geographically challenged.”)
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I had been sitting at the reception desk since about eight o’clock this morning, so when I heard that Sr. Rebecca had to “run an envelope down there,” I was all too glad to offer to do it for her.
The brisk walk on a cool afternoon would be refreshing after having been tied down at the desk for several hours.
I knew it was on First Avenue, but got some more detailed directions before setting off on my journey (after having been relieved by our p.m. receptionist).
Sr. Elaine had warned me that I’d need an umbrella or something more for my head due to the heavy mist alternating with rain. However, some time passed before I actually departed; by the time I got outside, I couldn’t feel anything coming down. Therefore, I didn’t bother with a protective device.
Having found “Sixth Avenue,” as advised, I marched merrily on my way. As I walked, however, I felt one sporadic drip after another. By the time I had walked a block or two, two, I realized that I was going the WRONG direction. I should have gone parallel to the convent, staying on Sixth while, instead, I had turned. I also realized that the precipitation cessation was only temporary; by now, it definitely called for an umbrella to avoid having speckled glasses and a wet sweater.
I returned to the convent and grabbed an umbrella as well as a jacket; it was still nippy outside. This time, I set off in the RIGHT direction!
(I’ll admit, civic geography is not my strong point. (I’d ask you to try, though, finding your way around with one eye closed and the other partly covered; as independent as I try to be, a vision impairment is not without it’s effect.)
I traveled several blocks, crossing University Avenue and arriving at First. I thought I had been instructed to turn right, there, so that I did. Housing Authority was only supposed to be a block from that turn, but the building (which I had been to a time or two before) was no where in sight.
Surely I should recognize it from an apple-picking escapade a few years back!
“Well,” I thought to myself, “It must be the other direction, or else Sr. Rebecca doesn’t realize how far down it really is.” So, I turned myself around a second time.
Sure enough, it was down a block past where I had turned on First Avenue. I spotted the building, crossed the parking lot, went inside, and handed the envelope to the clerk, requesting that she please give it to the designated recipient.
Thankfully, I found my way home without any trouble. By that time, too, I was able to do without an open umbrella as the light rain had once again stopped.
~ Sr. Christina M. Neumann, OSF