Last night, my sister and I stayed back at the clinic afterwork to sort out the donated clothes for today's free clothing event. This was the second time our clinic offered clothes to the patients. Our first event mainly focused on the Burmese immigrants. This time, we expanded and offered used clothes to everyone.
We got a lot of clothes. We didn't finish sorting them until 11pm last night. Today, we saw 85 patients, and our last one was done at 2:45pm, giving us only 15 minutes to start the event. The whole waiting area was packed with people. There were a lot of people waiting outside the clinic despite the rain, as well.
They each ended up with bags full of clothes. We were very exhausted but happy. When we saw one Burmese boy coming in wearing a pair of girl pants and shoes, we knew we did a good thing.
The patients that come to our clinic are mainly poor people, a lot of immigrants from different countries. But, mainly, they are Hispanics. They reminded me of when my family and I first arrived to the U.S. as immigrants. I remember very clearly how excited I was when our sponsor took us to a thrift store and let each of us pick out two items. I chose a pair of shoes and a striped shirt. The shoes didn't even fit me, but I was so excited!
Hopefully, some of the people who tried on these clothes at home tonight would be as excited as I was. I am excited thinking about it. It is so amazing how one humble experience can remind me of how lucky I am, how much God has blessed me over the years. I will try to look at the positive side of every thing in life.
I also think that applying positive thinking to my relationship with Jim would be a good idea. Even though he has not cleaned my coi pond, blown the leaves, hung the Christmas lights, fixed my sprinkler systems this year, he'll do it next year and all the years to come. He'll also learn to massage, to cook, what else...? This is exciting. Oh, the most important thing he'll learn is to say: "Yes, T. I will do as you wish." This is so positive... :)))
I love you, Jim :)