Ranger Kathryn's Arches

October 23, 2011

Toaster joy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 8:37 pm
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Sometimes it’s the small things that touch your heart. A humble toaster, perhaps.

National Park Service accommodations are quite adequate, but kitchen provisions famously bare. My two housemates are moving out imminently as their seasons have ended, taking all their pots and pans and dishes and utensils with them. I, expecting to be finished by now also, didn’t bring kitchen stuff with me. Oh, I have my camping box; that’ll do for a couple of weeks before my furlough. But English muffins need to be toasted, you know?

Neighbor Jackie departs today, and yesterday was giving away all her extra food. Without knowing of my lack, she handed me her toaster and said, “It’s yours. Use it well.” That stoic corner of my heart that had resigned itself to cold pale English muffins breathed a sigh of relief, and its tough edges softened. What a sweet, simple act.

I will surely pay it forward when it’s my turn to leave.

Leave a comment: What small item, or act of kindness, made an impact when it was bestowed on you?


  1. That was just karmic pay back for the nice kitchen ware you & Tara blessed our house with last year, eh?

    Comment by midsummerman — October 23, 2011 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

  2. That is an easy question for me to answer. When I was a senior in college (my 2nd semester) I was feeling very sentimental and wistful about the coming end of my collegiate career. I had been blessed with many dear and special friends in college. That particular semester many of them were a bit younger than me and thus were only going to be separating for the summer. I, however, was in the midst of job interviews and preparing to sail forth out of my lovely and safe harbor. In the midst of all of that a VERY dear friend descended upon me for a week or two. She stayed with me, we prayed and worshiped together daily, we took lovely walks and talked to the wee hours. It was a balm for my weepy soul, it gave me strength for the journey. It helped me move my eyes onward and be more willing to launch forward. She reminds me to laugh when I need to even still. I have always treasured that time. She, of course, moved on and has always held a special place in my heart as a dear friend of my youth. She continues to inspire and give strength to many. She has a beautiful heart and soul….and NOW she has a toaster 🙂

    Comment by Kate Kresse — October 23, 2011 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  3. What a testament to God’s love and provision!! He uses our friends to show how much He loves us!

    Comment by kathy lewis — October 24, 2011 @ 9:42 am | Reply

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