A simpler time… A more loving time

  • Posted: May 18, 2012 
  • by Karen Ragusa   -  
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So it began on the day before mother’s day that I couldn’t stop thinking about Mamie.

My grandmother was almost 100 when she passed several years ago, so I know that she would be completely mystified by the things in the news today.

Not angry.  Not condemning.  Not judgemental.  That’s what made her truly unique and why I adored her so.

Seems to me it’s those things that sets current generations apart from past generations.

She had a simple way of accepting people and things for what they were.  She always tried to help where she could but never got in the way or into other people’s business.

There is a saying in Louisiana; “live and let live”.  “Let the good times roll”, too, but that’s a blog for another day… Our society has become so into worrying about what everyone else is doing that few are doing really well with what is inside their four walls.

Judgement and criticism dominate instead of grace and mercy.

I am thankful to have had her in my life.  I often think (especially since moving out into Gainesville to this barn that sometimes resembles a residence) how much alike our lives are.  She constantly swept her house for all the dust that would come in from the plantation and the sugar cane farmng that went with that life.  No washer or dryer.  No air conditioning…not even hot water.  Bugs and critters!  I have experienced all of these things since moving here with my foster babies.  It has been quite an experience.  This simpler life.

I am thankful for experiencing it.  I don’t know what I’m being prepared for but without any real formal training, I am becoming a survivalist.  And it’s nice in ways I would have never imagined.

The really amazing thing about Mamie is that she always kept her loving demeanor no matter how much dust was blowing into that house that was so warm in the summertime….something i haven’t mastered yet, but i am being refined 🙂  Thanks be to God.  The only true sufficient One.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
(Mother Teresa, 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, 1910-1997)
I think Mamie and Mother Teresa were kindred spirits….hope to meet them in that place one day soon…

Written by Karen Ragusa

Karen has gracefully run this organization and watched it grow since 2008. She's seen it all over the years and loves to write about her adventures!

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