St. Simeon Skete, Taylorsville Kentucky USA

With St. Simeon, the God receiver, as our patron, the skete seeks to practice the ideals found in our Rule, The Thousand Day Nazareth. In simplicity and poverty, the skete embraces the struggle of inner life through the practice of the Prayer Rope.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Little Mermaid finds a home in Kabala

A lady, Arlene Rogers, at Grace Church found a used "Little Mermaid" doll at a yard sale and gave it to me to send to Sierra Leone in hopes of NHA giving it to a little girl who didn't have a doll. Well, shipping items like that can be cost prohibitive and I must send only things that are vitally necessary. But there are ways from time to time to send in "little extras". In this case the soft hair and bendable body of the doll enabled me to use it as packing material to stabilize some medication bottles and the soft hair to protect other items from cracking in shipping. Roo, growing up in a family where giving to others is a way of life, knew immediately he was to give away the doll. But some how he had grown accustom to it. Being obedient, he carried it all the way from Freetown to Kabala to introduce it to its new owner. He carried it up to the school...
He started to walk out to where the children were lining up in hopes of finding its new owner.
He became a little unsure...maybe the doll might want to stay with him? He continued to look back at Kadijah for that reassuring nod that might indicate he could keep the doll.
It didn't come. So Roo went down and stood in line with the other kids.
They were all looking at the doll. And the girls, wow, the girls were giving him some hard looks!
He stood his ground and pondered the whole situation.
"What should he do?", he wondered. And then he bumped into a little girl

and without a second thought he knew he had met the rightful owner to care for The Little Mermaid.