Laurel from NSW
At Laurel’s wedding in 1946 she was gifted presents including coupons for sugar rationed during the second world war.
Artist and Resident of Keperra Sanctuary, QLD
My husband and I were on a tour of Europe, when we got to Venice it was a very wet Venice. And in St Mark’s Square I saw a young lad feeding the pigeons, I took a photo and when I returned home, I did a painting of it.
I hung it at the Maleny Arts and Crafts Exhibition, and it didn’t sell, so I took it home.
The next day I had a phone call from a woman who came to my home and had another look and said, "I’d like to buy it" and handed me the money.
When leaving, she said, "the reason I hesitated was because I am going blind and I wasn’t sure it was wise that I buy it. However, I decided I would want to enjoy it for the brief period I had my sight."
This for me was very touching and brought me a great joy to think that I could bring her happiness from something that I’d done.
Pam’s words of advice
Like the woman in that story I think we should store up the good happy stories so that when times are tough we can draw on them to give us strength.