The sun is rising as we walk through the woods and we see small rainbows in the dewdrops. When we come to a clearing Ruby bends down and sniffs the grass. I bend down beside her and begin to sniff the grass too.
“See how much information you can get from your nose,” she says. There are so many different smells that I am not sure what they all mean. “Focus on the smell that is the freshest,” says Ruby, “that will tell you who was here most recently. You do not have to worry about the older, fading smells as they represent the past.”
We both smell the same blade of grass. “Remember what you can smell here and see if we can pick up the same smell as we continue walking,” she says.
I look up at the trees and love the way the sunlight filters through in diagonal beams. My world was so small before I came to the shelter and I am getting used to a world which looks bigger every day.
It feels as if I am getting smaller as my world is getting bigger. Seamus and Ruby have so much experience and so much wisdom and love to share.
“You have something special to share too,” says Ruby. “You lived with an old lonely man for the first three years of your life. That must have given you a great understanding of how loneliness can affect older people. Your company would have brought him the love that he was craving. He loved you enough to give you a chance of a better life when he realised he could not give you what you needed.”
We meet an old man walking by himself. I quietly walk up to him and look into his eyes. He bends down slowly and strokes me under my chin. I feel a connection between his heart and mine. He strokes me on top of my head, smiles and walks away.
I now understand that in my own way, I can be of help to others too.
So even if you feel like a small being in a big world, there is something special inside you that is unique to you. That special something can bring comfort to others you meet on your way.