November 21, 2011
24 DAYS OF THANKS
#21 - I am thankful for my "fortune," as small as it may be. That I do not "want" for things that are necessary in life. So what if I cant afford a new pair of shoes or a vacation right now, I can afford to put food on my table and a roof over my head.
This evening I was totally humbled as I volunteered at a local food pantry to help hand out Thanksgiving Dinner supplies to over 150 families. I was at the end of the line, handing out loaves of bread (sort of ironic since I havent had bread in weeks). All of the wonderful people who run Loaves and Fishes were in such great spirits as the showed all the volunteers how the food "shopping" was going to go through the pantry.
I talked to many of the families who came through, lots with smiles as I handed them a simple loaf of white bread. They were going to be able to go home and make Thanksgiving dinner with all of the wonderful donated foods from the pantry. It really put things into perspective for me when they turned the corner and were thrilled to see that they were not "done" after they passed the desserts... next up, a choice of juice, and for quite a while I had an assortment of rolls as well as loaves of bread. Amazing how much I take for granted when I see a woman take a loaf of bread from me with a smile.
Most of the people who passed through were thrilled with the turnout. As I said I was at the end and wished them Happy Thanksgiving as they headed to the door. Almost every single one of them said "thank YOU so much for being here and helping out."
I am Thankful I am blessed with a job that pays me well enough to provide concurrently with Hubs. That we have the things we need... as well as the things we just "want" sometimes...
Think about that, because THAT is what Thanksgiving, and the holidays are all about. Not turkey dinners and apple pie... not Santa Clause and Christmas presents... What I did today is everything I love about the holidays and just reinforces the reason why I cant stand the commercialism of Christmas and the black Friday adds that swallow Thanksgiving whole before it even gets a chance.
What are you thankful for?
- 5 Pullups
- 10 Situps
- 15 Squats
2 X Burgerner
No WOD today... it was a recovery day!