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Monday, August 01, 2005

Uncle Fran

I noticed something super cool about Uncle Fran.
I was in the dining room alone for about an hour, the lights were off, I was in the corner and no onw could see me.
The counter windows were open and the lights were on in the kitchen.
Fran came down stairs to help himself to a cup of cold water from our huge water cooler--he got a drizzle and a spat, proclaiming that the cooler was empty. He immediately forgets his lust for ice water and begins hauling pitchers of water from the sink one by one, filling the water cooler. At last, when this monumentous task is done, and he thinks no one has seen him, he closes the lid and leaves, without his water.
Being as I had nothing to do, and was in a reflective mood (why I was in the dining room in the dark all alone in the first place), I thought about what he did.
Okay, first and most obvious observation, I would NOT have done that.
Recently I've begun to watch him do these selfless things more often. We've always taken forgranted the fact that the water cooler was always full. I guess we never thought it required anyone to actually fill it.
So, okay, I've made little steps. Little ones. When someone gets home from buying milk and leaves it in the genkan, I swear I make this dramatic decision as I pass, stop and think for a moment, then retrace my steps and go to take the milk into the fridge.
I hope this stuff becomes a habit. I don't think I do it nearly enough.
Still, I was so impressed by fran that I have made him my man of the day.

Person of the day: FRANCESCO
It's so late, and I'm so tired after having done two complete shows today, standing and running around all day, that I will not go hunting for a photo of him.
I will blog about today tomorrow, and I may find a picture of him then.
Good night.

9 comments:

Anonymous Mash said...

One thing that I admire about my Dad is his faithfulness.

I'm sure when he enters in the halls of heaven he'll hear, "My good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord."

Thank you, Florence.
This was touching.

8/01/2005 12:58 AM  
Blogger Elaina said...

Bravo, Florence...it's all true.
I still can't believe that you fined yourself.
You put me to shame, but that's not too hard.

8/02/2005 1:12 AM  
Anonymous win said...

haha. fran is always the man of my day. no, not really, but he's cool. & if you want a pic of him, i have an excellent one i will send you posthaste.
ps. I WANT A WATER COOLER!!

8/03/2005 10:17 AM  
Blogger Florence said...

i hear noda boils over this time of year. is that so?

8/03/2005 11:08 AM  
Anonymous lil said...

yeah yeeh that's for sure! Fran is a selfless man. And I remember that one time someone was downstairs in a room and fran was walkign down the dark hall and something like the shelf fell. THat person watched as Fran's black judo belt kicked in. He did a back flip(or that's just exagerated, this story isn't mine.) and stood in that ready-to-punch-someones-eyeballs-out-stance.
He was always quite athletic

8/05/2005 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Nina said...

Loved this story, Flo! It's like "Rock in the Road," "Little People," & "Change the World" all rolled into one true-life observation. Very inspiring!

And I'm glad u talked about the little steps -- I think most (if not all) of us progress that way, & it can get frusterating when we don't take notice of those little steps b/c it can look like nothing's changed at all. But even giving a simple example of a little step was a good reminder: Mighty mountains are moved one pebble at a time. TG! It's an encouraging thot in this year of strengthening.

8/08/2005 12:53 AM  
Anonymous batterie said...

You sure when he enters in the halls of heaven he'll hear.

11/08/2010 9:25 PM  
Anonymous labatterie said...

You hear noda boils over this time of year.

11/08/2010 9:26 PM  
Anonymous r4 ds said...

I still can't believe that you fined yourself.

11/08/2010 9:27 PM  

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