Blanche DuBois & Me
Posted October 30, 2016on:
As she was being hauled away by the guys in white with a butterfly net, Blanche DuBois, said, “Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
I can relate to this character in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Not only did he go to the same high school as my parents in St. Louis at a different time, he had a play or two that took place in St. Louis.
Like Blanche, but hopefully with a different outcome, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers – and friends and family. Through tough times, it is
The list of kindnesses is amazing, with one friend even buying Michael’s ticket home from China using saved points. I was surprised with a full-sized smoked salmon made by a friend who really smokes well.
I was instantly lifted as I was by a friend bringing me Matzo ball soup, as I took it to her when she had breast cancer a couple of years ago. (Hers is much better than mine.)
And friends have taken me out for this and that, taking care of me with their friendship. I’ve joked about going for a ride in their car as a great lift, as if they were taking their ancient mothers.
So many people have offered to take me to appointments, pray for me, swear with me or for me, and to even clean my house. On this last issue, they do not know what that would entail. I have a cat who has peed everywhere for years, as did a couple of his predecessors. And yet when I’m wrapped up in a blanket, he cuddles ever so nicely.
Many people have reached out to me who I do not know. They are friends of friends.
Yes, there are many kindnesses that I appreciate, random or otherwise, and from strangers or friends and family.
Blanche and I will do fine.