Dee and I have just come back from a ride with friends to visit one of our group who recently had an unfortunate encounter with a dog while on his bike. Maurie came down hard with several other riders when a dog wandered onto the road and into the path of the group.
Sadly, Maurie has multiple fractures around the hip socket and is confined to bed for several more weeks. So about a dozen of us headed out at 5:30 this morning to pay him a visit and sing him some carols.
He was, as they say in Australia, gobsmacked. With a few gifts and some party crackers (bon-bons, whatever) he was like a six year old kid who has been waiting for Santa. It's nice to think that in these times of consumerism, a visit to a friend is worth so much more.