The other day an old friend of mine from California made a comment on my Facebook page about it seeming like just yesterday when we met. He recalled that they had just moved into the area and I had welcomed them to the neighborhood with a loaf of bread. In all these years he still remembers how good that made him feel. His comments led me to thinking about the many times over the years where I would give a loaf of bread to someone. My family used to go Christmas caroling in our neighborhood and we would leave a loaf of homemade bread with each family that we visited while caroling. Bread was given to new neighbors, sent with my husband to work to share with co-workers, as a gift for the holidays and one time I even used bread as an April fools joke, using salt instead of sugar, believe me that was not well received, but forgive me for enjoying that prank. I guess it’s just my “thing” to show others that I care. Giving comes in many forms. Ours is shaped like a loaf of bread, giving to seniors in our community.

October is “National Substance Abuse Prevention” and “Breast Cancer awareness” month. Nine out of ten people with addiction started using substances before they turned 18. Tough fact. As parents, grandparents, teachers, clergy, friends and family members helping our youth love themselves enough to be drug free and stay vigilant in watching for signs that our youth may be in trouble are just a few steps we can take to keep our children drug free. Teaching our children to “Be smart, don’t start” also come with setting a good example for them and being drug free ourselves. Be “Proud to be Drug Free!”

One in eight woman will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Another tough fact. I love the cartoon character Maxine. I read one the other day on mammograms. “Who ever thought of the word Mammogram? Every time I hear it, I think I’m supposed to put my breast in an envelope and send it to someone.” A little humor doesn’t hurt but the best prevention is early detection and shouldn’t be taken lightly. One of the Breast Cancer Awareness slogans is: “We don’t know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have.” I believe in pink, I believe in the power of positive thoughts and prayers. I believe that your attitude can make you stronger or beat you down. It’s never easy to take the high road and fight. Eleanor Roosevelt said it best when she said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which your really stop to look fear in the face.”

Addiction and cancer can be beat. It’s not the quantity of how much time we spend on this earth it’s the quality in which we live. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson.

If you have a heart warming story to share, would like to visit the retreat, need a hug, want to book a stay, volunteer to help, or make a donation to our mission of addressing Senior Hunger, call 501-253-4716, 501-757-2750, email, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.