Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 09:25 AM.

Ian assured me that he would forward my message to Judy in Africa. I didn’t bother to ask Ian what he was doing up so early in the morning. Australians do things quite opposite than we do. It has something to do with their seasons being mixed up.

Our mild mannered surf team member, Judy, was doing mission work in Tanzania, Africa. She was teaching English, teaching women to sew and just helping folks in general. It now made a lot of sense to me. She liked helping people. She was very unselfish.

I’m sure she is wonderful at what she does.

Now, after corresponding with Judy a few times, I understood why I needed to “find” her. I understood why we all need to find the “Judies” in our high school graduating classes.

The Judies of the world help us put things into perspective.

Here I am worrying about things that seem pretty trivial, while Judy is in Tanzania helping folks learn to do things to survive and get a little more out of life.

While I complain about a storm door that doesn’t close quite perfectly, Judy revels in the fly screen on her small house and mosquito netting on her bed posts.

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