Miriam of Blairmore, Alberta
“Thanks for coming to visit me. I don’t get many visitors,” Miriam an isolated Baha’i friend says. “I’ve been in this facility for ten years and how I teach the Faith is to speak about it to the staff. They’re very busy so I ask the new ones if they’ve heard of the Baha’i Faith and based on their answer I talk about its origin and how it has helped me in my long life.”
We sit with our new friend at a large round table at the end of a corridor in this long-term facility. Most of the doors nearby are open and we speak in regular voices as we start with a daily reading and listen to her tales of being a Baha’i for nearly ninety years.
“You asked about my being isolated and I have to admit that it takes a great deal of perseverance. I’m determined to do as much reading as my aging eyes will provide. I would greatly appreciate receiving phone calls from the friends and your visit has sparked my memories of becoming a Baha’i and living a service-driven purposeful life with my husband and children.”
She takes a sip from her water bottle and we drink our hot coffee. She presents an infectious smile and we can feel her resolve to share her stories with us.