I grabbed some hand-sanitizer out of my hall closet. Guess it was a bit too late to be sanitizing my hands though I felt had to do something. The sanitizer felt slimey but I quickly decided to attribute the slime to my fevered, flawed
Sweet Hannah. I saw her this week despite all of us having the flu. (That is another story that I can't even write about without sounding like a complete witch.) Soon Hannah too, have the flu, because we gave it to her, and the first part of the sentence rhymes. The people in authority. and I use that term loosely, decided it was okay for Hannah to visit. She and I took a walk. Hannah was concerned I'd fall down (I guess to her I appeared weakened from flu) much like her "papa" appeared weakened that one day when he "screamed and cried" because he nearly "broke his leg" on the same trail. She repeats this story of papa's attempt at walking the trail every time we venture out.
After we got back from the walk where Hannah had to remind me numerous times not to fall off the cliff, (I'm notorious for falling off cliffs in Hannah's mind - after all, she is surrounded by people who fall on trails and these same people agree to let her come over for visits when everyone is sick with the flu. Someone has to take charge - Please let it be this precious 8 year old!) I happened to mention to my sister (Hannah's granny) something about an odd looking Goodwill-purchased sweater I bought back in November when the weather turned very cold for about 10 days.
Hannah heard me mention the name Goodwill. She turned, suddenly, exclaiming, "YOU BUY YOUR CLOTHES FROM GOODWILL!?!" (remember, she's 8?) as if I had said I ate dog turd cookies for a snack. I replied "Yes" - without hesitating. There was this hint of superiority (but then, that is my own projection) in her voice as if she had heard her mom, grandmother or someone close to her tell her "We have to put these things in the bag to give to Goodwill for the homeless (or the penniless or the poor people)" as an excuse to get rid of the mountains of crap that her family previously purchased for her - most recently on Christmas.
The upshot of all of this is Hannah now gets to put a new face on good will.