The weather has been so schizophrenic lately that the plants are just so darn confused now they don't know whether to pop up or stay in. The weather had gotten so warm the last couple of weeks that we even had started digging up the garden again and sowed some seeds. Trees started budding, and the dastardly pollen had started coating everything that doesn't move.
Then this week, the weather turned on us and decided to go back to winter like weather and freezing temperature over night. Confusing for plantlife, but downright confounding for human life.
Like many urban cities, Durham has its share of homeless people and people who live in poverty. One of the great resources for people in need in Durham is the Durham Rescue Mission. They provide help to the needy in various ways. They have a shelter for women and children, they provide meals not only on holidays but also on regular days. They collect and distribute coats for those who need it in the winter, presents on christmas for children who would otherwise have nothing and school supplies at the beginning of the school year so that every child going back to school will have a new backpack and supplies like everyone else. Having my own children, these isues are always close to my heart.
When the weather turned cold recently, all the beds inside the mission became full. They are not one to turn people away, so they allowed several people to keep warm outside by cranking up an outdoor wood furnace. Well, as you will read on their website, the sparks caused a storage facility nearby holding their collected canned goods to go up in flames.
Now, we will help them rebuild their stock. It won't be hard because Durham is still a small town at heart and they tend to take care of their own.
Very few (if any) readers of this blog are from Durham, but where ever you live and there is an organization like this, I hope that you will show them your support. Give back a little and you will receive it back a hundred fold.