I went to my barber today, Harvey. Why do I alway wait to long to go to the barber. A fresh hair-cut is such a simple pleasure. We got to talking about walking. I told him I have been walking every day. He said, “O, I walk every morning about 5:30.”
“Where do you live?”
He said, “I live out on Ackerson Lake.”
“Do you carry a flashlight?”
“No. There are street lights so I can see.”
“But how do people see you?” I asked.
He said, “I was walking one morning and a guy pulled over in a pick-up truck and he said, ‘Hey. I see you out here walking every morning. It’s hard to see you in the dark. I’m worried for you. I have a gift. I figured you were about my size. See if this fits.’ He handed me a nice jacket with bright reflective tape sewn on it. I wear that every morning, now.”
“That might have saved your life,” I said and smiled at the human warmth of the gesture. The guy could have cussed him out for doing something dangerous. He could have drove close to give him a scare. Instead he reached into the toolbox of his humanity and pulled out a nice reflective jacket.
If you are not walking you might give it some thought. If you are walking in the dark you might invest in a flashlight and a reflective vest or jacket.
My daughter sent me a light band for my head that makes me look like an electronic angel.
Don’t be a couch potato and don’t be a crabby-britches. Be active, be safe, and be generous and may the wind be at your back.
March 20, 2023