For the month of November I’ve decided to post each day about a person or people who have influenced my life for good. There’s no way I could include each and every person in one month or even one year, and for that I hope you’ll forgive me. This year, especially, has brought an acute awareness of the kindness and generosity which surrounds me and my kids, so here’s one attempt at giving thanks.
1 – Bunnie
She told me once it’s because when she came home from the hospital as a baby she was wearing a bunny outfit. That is how Helen becomes Bunnie.
Bunnie was the first person to talk to me at church when I moved into this house in 2003. It was during Primary (the children’s class), and she spoke with me and my oldest daughter, then 4 years old. Bunnie told us of how much she loves hosting tea parties for her grandchildren and others in the neighborhood.
Turns out it’s not just tea parties, Bunnie is the go-to organizer for All The Things, and she seems to love it. She puts on a great event, no matter what it is.
More than that, Bunnie astounds me with her seemingly boundless energy and willingness to serve. The woman never stops moving. She cares for her husband (who was severely injured in an accident years ago) and her family and the students she works with and…well, as far as I can see, she cares for just about everyone in her path. And she does it with a smile.
Over the years she’s brought countless flowers and cards and gifts to thank me for, seriously, doing very, very little. It goes like this: she asks me to do something; I say yes and probably space it; I end up doing it, but not very well; she treats me like I did the biggest favor anyone ever did and shows up at my door with a gift; I vow to be more like Bunnie (and still haven’t yet).
Thanks, Bunnie. I love you.