Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Last Update: June 20, 2019

Do you remember that poignant old love song "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes?" I first heard it when I was in ninth grade and it was sung by a classmate who had a stunning singing voice.

Today it came to mind because my eyes are watering from the smoke in the air here where I live in New Mexico, in the southwestern United States. I don't know where the smoke is coming from exactly, a distant forest fire someplace that is no threat to us. But the minute I step outside, the air is so smoky that I come right back in. We normally have a nice view across the valley of the town we live in, to mountains that are close by. I can see them still but only through a gray haze.

My husband got out the air filter we bought several years ago for just such occasions. It's in the living room, cleaning the air throughout our small house. Luckily I have no need to go out. I'll just keep working at home. Errands can be postponed.

It's appropriate, somehow, to be feeling confined on this particular day. June 20 is World Refugee Day, something the United Nations created years ago. Located about a two-hour drive from the U.S. - Mexican border, our community is keenly aware of refugees.

Immigrants who have been let in by the U.S. officials are taken to the fairgrounds of a town midway between us and the border. They stay there a day or more before traveling to their destinations, usually the homes of relatives who will take them in. One of my friends has cooked for them there at the fairgrounds. A pastor from our church was spotted playing checkers with one of the children.

I'm thinking that where there is suffering, there is so often compassion.

We see that all the time here on WA. Someone shares a problem... it could be confusion about website technicalities, a health concern, anything. So quickly, others chime in with advice, links, good wishes, encouragement.

So my eyes are watering still. They may water all day. But it's from tears of gratitude mixed in with the smoke that gets in my eyes.

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FKelso Premium
If we wait long enough, the smoke will clear, or at least we can hope it does. Same thing with our mental confusion. Hang in there and the answer will come. Confusion can lead to clarity, just as smoke can clear to offer us blue sky.

Hey, can I come get some Mexican food at your house?
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RosanaHart Premium
Sure, Fran, come on over and we'll get our cute 80-year-old next door neighbor to provide something fabulous. He's Mexican-American and learned to cook from his mother!
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FKelso Premium
A cute 80-year-old who cooks Mexican food? Maybe I should meet him!
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RosanaHart Premium
He's single too but he likes it that way!
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FKelso Premium
Well, can't say as I blame him. I've gotten quite used to being my own boss...lol...
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Talk2Ray Premium
Hi Rosana. Thanks for sharing your good thoughts.
Ray
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JoePlale Premium
One thing of note, as we have had some pretty smoky days here in the PNW, in the past few years .. the smoky skies Can make for some Impressive Sunsets :-)
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RosanaHart Premium
I'll be sure to watch for one tonight! And that is a great metaphor about life too... which you may well have planned!
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Brenda63 Premium
I can relate to the smoking areas. Past 2 years we had a lot of wild fires in Northern California, Oregon and Washington (COW). The fires we had close by, 2 years ago the Eagle Creek Fire (the 15 year old guy threw a firecracker in a canyon caused the fires) near the Gorge, and it spread smoke. Plus fires out west so we got a lot of smoke in the middle of our town and it rained ashes on us for days. We hope no wildfires here this year but some are in AZ, and in NM. Some are in California. Stay busy indoors.
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RosanaHart Premium
I bet you can relate! We used to live in Santa Rosa so when it was burning a couple of years ago, we had friends and relatives there. Nobody we are still in touch with lost their home but many others did. Challenging times.
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MelWaller Premium
Thanks for sharing Rosana!

To Your Success!

Mel
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