Cereal For the Soul
--by libbyza, posted Feb 5, 2008
A sweet and charming little old lady came up to me at the supermarket about 5 months ago. She had strict orders from her doctor to avoid artificial ingredients, but she couldn't read the ingredients on the cereal box and was asking me for some help.
"No problem," I instantly said. I picked up the box and indeed, it's a shame that the print was so small that even I had to struggle to read it. It turned out that it did have artificial ingredients.
With a slightly dejected face, she explained, "I'm struggling to have a decent breakfast in the mornings, because although I love porridge, I don't have enough energy to make it myself. So I need to find something instant that doesn't have artificial ingredients."
Just then, I had an idea. "Well, I make my own muesli out of natural products and if you could give me you address, I would be happy to bring you some of my own home made muesli." She happily gave me her address, which happened to be an old age home (a cottage, though, not the boarding section).
When I got home, I hastily put a pot on the stove and mixed the oats, nuts, seeds, and other ingredients and "roasted" the ingredients in the pot. I put in a large container to keep it sealed and drove myself to the old age home.
This fragile, old lady was just thrilled to see me. I advised her to put the cereal in the fridge because it would last her a very long time. Cereal wasn't the only thing making her happy, though: "You are the first person who has ever offered to help me. And you actually followed it through."
I think it is so sad when people offer to help and then don't follow through on their promises.
I am now a regular visitor to this lovely and charming little lady and every time I visit, she has milk tart and other goodies and we enjoy a nice cup of tea. Sometimes, we even go out to the beach and she loves to sit on a bench and look out towards the sea and watch the waves.