Sunday Faith Blog

I wanted to share something today which happened yesterday and which touched me a lot.

Some of you know I have had foreign students living with me for about 4 years now.   This Spring, I’ve had a Brazilian 17 year old boy, Nicolas…he’s 6’4″, loves basketball (he knows every American basketball player of the last 50 years or so…even knows Bill Russell and Havlicek and Goodrich, the guys I grew up hearing about because my dad was such a fan!) and volleyball and has played them both well at the high school he goes to (the one I’m associated with) and he gets good grades, too.   Very good looking, very responsible, couldn’t be more helpful.   I get lucky every year, so far!

Nicolas took 2 weeks in Brazil for Spring Break and got back Friday.  I asked him to accompany me yesterday morning to do a big grocery shopping….and a 93 year old friend who broke her hip needed some groceries, too, so he agreed to help me and then go with me to her house to deliver what I bought for her.

When we got to Elaine’s house, her 96 year old husband was sitting outside reading a novel and so we all went out to chat around their patio table.  They found Nico as charming and nice as I do.  David, her husband, was in the Navy and arrived at Pearl Harbor about 3 days after Dec 7, 1941!   He showed us a book which had a photo of him and his fellow fliers, 5 of whom didn’t make it through the war, and told us a bit about what he’d seen.

Later, in the car, I thanked Nico for coming with me and helping them out a little with some house things, and spending a bit more time with them than I had told him!  He said something that touched me so much….

“I am really glad I came.  They are very nice people….and how many guys from Brazil get to meet someone who actually was AT Pearl Harbor so soon after the attacks?”

Maybe it doesn’t mean a lot to anybody else, but I love that this happened, that this boy appreciates something many wouldn’t quite understand and, on my Sunday Faith Blog, I’m thanking God for my having had kids from China, Mexico, Germany and Brazil, and what wonderful blessings I believe we’ve all had for their living here.

Last night, I made Nico corn on the cob, a baked potato with plenty of butter and a rib eye steak…..he couldn’t thank me enough…though it’s I who is so grateful.

It’s things like this which I believe we should ALL be grateful for…little things, meaningful things, things that take our minds from politics and other sadnesses in the world.

Have a great Sunday!


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22 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog

  1. You are such a wonderful lady, Z!!! ❤️🥰😍😘

    Taking in foreign exchange students! Buying groceries for a married couple in their 90s, the husband a WWII Pearl Harbor veteran & wife recovering from a broken hip!

    You’re thankful to God for Nico! Wonderful post!


  2. Sparky says:

    Like FairestWitness said, you are INDEED a wonderful lady Z! ❤ But I've always thought that. 😉 I could never do all that (having strangers in my home). And Nico sounds like a decent person. God bless him too for his kindness to the elderly. May you both be enriched in Spirit by all this kindness.

    May the LORD bless you and keep all y'all in His loving Hand that visit your blog today. In Christ.


  3. geeez2014 says:

    Thanks, but we student hosts do get compensated! And the elderly couple are quite well off and wouldn’t let me leave without taking the cash I’d spent on their stuff! Still, I appreciate your kind words! What’s great is Nico wants to stay with me next year, his senior year, if it can be worked out! And yes, it’s more than money, it is making lunches, cooking dinner for him, having everything here that he needs, keeping track of his sports games so I know what time he’s back, what weekends he’s got practice…etc. But it IS fun!! Particularly for me because I am at his school so often and we know what teacher or student we’re talking about when something interesting comes up!

    The thing about the morning was how Nico really grasped how amazing it was that HE, a Brazilian guy, would get to meet someone who’d been at such a historical place and get to talk to him about it…I just LOVED that!

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  4. Kid says:

    Great times Z. I’m also appreciative of the people I’ve known and know now. I imagine there are many who don’t have that and may never.


  5. Mal says:

    Like everyone above said, Z, you are indeed a wonderful person, and having known both your parents since before they married, it makes sense you turned out this way. Its also very possible the old guy knew my late brother-in-law John because he joined the Navy after graduating high school in June, 1941, 6 months before Pearl Harbor, and was also immediately dispatched there, so who knows? He made Chief Petty Officer by age 20 or 21, not sure, but he was the youngest in the Navy at the time.


  6. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, that’s my point, thanks. The people we meet, even just in passing, people you’d never think could do it, can CHANGE OUR LIVES, can enrich us, can make us happy, can educate…
    When Nico said that, I was so pleased and I also saw something in him I hadn’t seen before…..such a mature attitude for a pretty spoiled 17 year old boy!
    I should have known he has some parent-given wisdom when I got an email from his stepdad telling me “Nico has wanted to study in America for years and now he is doing it and now you will be part of his history.” What a great way to put it.

    Mal, I am actually surprised at the kind reactions here…not surprised that you people are so kind but that what I’m doing is special enough to merit it….Not looking for compliments here, just sincere. ly surprised and grateful.
    Maybe David did know John! Wouldn’t that be something? I’ll have to check into that!

    I just got home from church and Nico asked if I wanted to watch March Madness with him…… sweet that he’d ask because I think he likes that it’s a pastime we both enjoy….I like basketball very much, he LIVES for basketball! 🙂
    AND he’s having roast pork, garlicky/buttered purple potatoes, and string beans with sliced mushrooms for dinner. I LOVE doing this stuff for him!!

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  7. Kid says:

    Z, Very nice sentiment from his stepdad. Yes, you are a part of many lives. Hoping for an eternal party when we all get there.


  8. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I reached out to Jersey Jack’s wife last week and she asked for my address and sent me some photos he’d taken….so nice to have.
    I think we’re all more important in each others’ lives than we think.. particularly because we share so much….my post tomoorrow deals with that, I need to go add something to it which just hit me since I typed that to yoU!


  9. Bob says:

    You are a lovely lady, Z. I love the way you always seem to get around to see and know people. To me, that’s one of the joys of life. Listening to old folks stories has been one of my favorite things to do all my life. Now that all my parent’s generation is dead, my cousins and I get together every year and try to remember all the stories, good and bad.

    A very good friend and his wife adopted a Brazilian boy years ago, He is out of college, now, and living life here in the USA. When he learned that his biological parentage was Jewish, he dived into Judaism, even staying in Israel for a while. The young man is still an American, and is a success in his chosen professional field. I feel that God lifted him out of the infamous Brazilian poverty kids, and has plans for this young man.

    By the way, you are making me hungry. At least you don’t post pictures like Angel does.

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  10. Kid says:

    I look forward to reading it Z. And if I ever end up on my own and out of luck, I’m hoping you’ll feed me. Ha.


  11. geeez2014 says:

    Honestly, I just don’t GET this man:

    “President Donald Trump is certainly known to bend the truth. The Washington Post has counted nearly a dozen false or misleading claims per day of his presidency, while Politifact scored 70 percent of his statements as Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire.

    As it turns out, that propensity to lie also carries over to his longtime love of golf.

    There’s already been the story of Trump naming himself the winner of a tournament he never played in, but former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly spells out the extent of the lying and cheating in his new book, “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump,” which will be available on Tuesday.”

    Ya, Ya,…we can all say “That’s the WashPo…you know they hate him!” Ya, except the lies are …lies. And everybody gets rich on hating Trump …. Man, now it’s GOLF, too? Unreal.


  12. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I’ll definitely feed you!!! The potatoes are a something I’ve never done…you take those smallish purple skinned ones and cut across them, then put in some chopped garlic, butter, and rosemary betweeen the cuts and bake….the potatoes kind of ‘blossom’ as they heat up, according to the recipe picture! Doesn’t that sound good? Except I’m not sure I have any Rosemary…..Actually, thyme is even MORE delicious on potatoes, so maybe I’ll do dried thyme!

    Bob, I hope my article didn’t sound like I was patting myself on the back, I was just saying what we did Saturday and setting up the line about Pearl Harbor! But thank you !!!
    You know, I was thinking how lucky I am living in LA today because of (only listing political) people I’ve met:

    Laura Ingraham, VD Hanson, John Bolton, Christopher Hitchens (talked privately with him about 30 minutes!), I knew Andrew Breitbart fairly well, Larry Elder, Pat Caddell (who recently died but was a friend of Andrew’s and a marvelous guy…a Dem who was starting to hate lib dems!), I’ve had lunch with the wonderful Heather McDonald because her stepmom’s in the Bible Study group I lead and we’ve been friends for about 15 years,….probably more, but I can’t think of them right now. Oh, David Horowitz (who I think is a jerk, by the way, ..see? I’m not really a ‘lovely lady’! I’m mean!!! HA!), ….
    If you live in LA, you have a better chance of seeing these folks at various speeches, events, etc…plus, I belonged to Friends of Abe, which I couldn’t mention for a few years because it was the very private group of actors/directors/musicians/ singers (me)/ etc., who were CONSERVATIVE but afraid to ‘come out’, so Gary Senise and Jon Voight (I’ve met Jon, not Gary) started this group…….it got to about 2000 and never grew much past that, so they closed it 3 years or so ago…BUT I can’t stand Horowitz for the reason that they wouldn’t grant him membership because he’s such a glad hander, self promoter!…and he was asked NOT TO TALK ABOUT IT and would ever time he was on Ingraham’s radio show! And SHE knew it was private and to BE QUIET and she let him!
    ah, well…………………..

    sorry…I”m rambling here. Anyway, that’s how I met some of those who I mention above…and more, but I can’t remember.

    I know this might sound like dropping names but WHO CARES? I’d be fascinated to hear who some of you have all met, and I’d not consider it bragging, so I hope nobody takes it like that from me…..I just love meeting people I admire, so that’s why I’m sharing…’s not like I did anything to ‘deserve’ meeting these folks!


  13. Kid says:

    Z, Boy oh boy oh boy ! Yum !

    Gordon Ramsey likes to use thyme. I like his recipe vids, but watched one Hells Kitchen and would never watch another of those. No value whatsoever. Run around and swear at people who don’t know how to cook. Who came up with that?

    The Favorite recipe vids are Good though, like this one on pork.


  14. Sounds like a great kid. Does he know Jesus?


  15. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I didn’t do the potatoes like that after all……just sliced them and sauteed them in butter and olive oil and S&P and thyme….they got a little crispy outside and pillowy inside…SO GOOD. Put in pork tenderloins at 375 with paprika, S&P and garlic powder….delicious, and he’s getting a sliced pork sandwich in his lunch for tomorrow! and string beans with sauteed mushrooms…..he LOVED dinner. (I did, too!)

    Thanks for the vid…I’ll watch it soon.;


  16. Kid says:

    Great stuff Z. Gordon is a bit favoring the chilis for my taste but then I haven’t tried them either. I especially like the pork chops in that vid. Can’t wait to try them. Again, forget the hells kitchen stuff – No value.


  17. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, yes, he does….he’s Catholic and even says things to me like “If God wants it, then….” And he goes to church on his own. We have excellent conversations about the differences between Catholic Christians and non Catholic Christians …..I’m not one of those who thinks Catholics are not Christian, but I know people who do.
    He’s a very good kid. I got VERY lucky again.

    Kid, I’m not usually a big pork person because pork can be so dry, but tenderloin is always terrific and you just have to make sure you don’t overcook any other part of pork!


  18. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, those pork recipes DO look good! I like how he scored the fat on the chops so the chops don’t curl up……….and it’s interesting that he says to let them rest almost as long as they cooked….I always feel letting any meat rest a long time, as recommended, makes it less hot than I like it, but I suppose I’m wrong because the best chefs say to let them rest so the juices stay inside, not squirt out with the first cut! Nice way to keep those pork chops NOT dry!


  19. Kid says:

    Z, If the chops are not moist I’m not interested. I think you can under cook them a bit too. They irradiate them and there hasn’t been a case of (whatever the name of that under cooked pork problem is!) in a long long time. But I do like them cooked not medium rare.

    When I do steaks on the grill (13 minutes for a 1 inch), they rest for 5 minutes and they are excellent. Though nothing wrong with Chops cooked 7 minutes and resting for 5.

    I’ve only seen a few of these Ramsey 5 favorite deals, and as summer rolls in I’ll be looking for more to get some ideas from.


  20. Baysider says:

    That is so wonderful you did that (and, yes, with your boarder – sounds like a terrific young man). Neither of their helpers can drive!


  21. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider, it’s worse than that. The woman is NOT a nice woman….I’m a bit worried.

    Kid, ya, the pork scare is over…you can do pork slightly rare now….the bug just isn’t around anymore!


  22. Mal says:

    Yes, Z, it WOULD be something if the guy knew John. Could be. Both Navy and immediately dispatched to Pearl after Dec. 7? Let me know if you learn anything.


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