Yesterday was a great day, but also a bit sad. I love Heritage Day, especially the parade. I love the way people get together to do all the “behind the scenes” work that is required for the event. I love seeing people gather to support their town and visit with each other. I love seeing folks who have been gone for a while and returned to be with their families. I love meeting new people! I had the opportunity to meet some “email friends” in person. And I just love the excitement of the day. Heritage Day has been celebrated for thirty years. Before that there was the Corn Carnival and the Township Fair. Caddo has always known how to have a good time!
And I had a good time. However, I felt a little like an outsider because of my lack of involvement in the event. In the past I’ve served in a variety of positions with CCA. I’ve worked on the preparation for HD and worked all day at the event. Yesterday I barely managed to stay until noon and take pictures of the parade. I had great difficulty walking the last block to my truck. I was in pain much of the afternoon and had trouble sleeping. I’ve reached the point where I need to seriously rethink my physical abilities and start modifying what I attempt to do. I think next year I may leave the photos to someone else and I’ll volunteer in the museum or at the information booth.
Now before you think this is a pity party let me assure you that God gave me a clear understanding yesterday of how blessed I am. I had a couple of conversations with people who have far more serious physical problems. I noted the absence of some friends who can no longer attend because of age and/or health. And of course I was quite aware that my father wasn’t going to saunter down the street and tease me about my obsession with photography. I am still at the stage where I can recover from a difficult day by resting and taking medications. I feel much better today and I doubt that I will have any trouble completing my usual tasks throughout the next week. It’s only the “unusual” tasks that challenge my abilities, and those are the ones I need to re-examine.
I told someone earlier this week that our mental health seriously affects our physical health. Yesterday was just a reminder that I have to keep taking my own advice! Perspective and attitude…