Thursday, November 22, 2018
Thanksgiving, Ever kick yourself?
Cars of beauty and art:
I normally do not drive at night, but we went to church tonight for Thanksgiving. Funny thing about Thanksgiving, My Shipmate Frank Manlanowski, now a Protodeacon here in town was gracious to invite us to dinner on Thanksgiving.
We had already turned down the pastor’s invite at his house for dinner. WE got a call from son-Mark just after an invite, that he would be headed this way on Thanksgiving. I do not do crowds well with my hearing. Sherry knows this, but usually wants me to do the response to invites.
We will not cook. So we will head for Perkins or some place that is open. Mark will not get a ‘mama’s home cooked meal.’
This is not about us it is about what I got to see this
evening. The local pastor had some people come forward to give thanks. There were several adults and kids who did a great job of being Thankful.
I am a thankful person, but this summer has been bad. In my view there has not been a lot to be thankful for.
BUT I was humbled, kicked, I even threw myself under the bus. I watched a kid, must have been about 12 years old. Struggle to get to the front after someone had fitted his crutches for him. His legs and feet are severely twisted. He used his crutches at an angle I had never seen before. He made it to the front and someone (probably family) got him settled in a chair.
For some reason I had been watching this kid, I had no idea he required crutches. His face was alight. His smile was catching. Now sitting in a chair without a mike, he started listing the things he was thankful for. This kid was amazing. In the list I heard, ‘Thankful for my mother, my step daddy, good health, ……….. (WHAT???)
Anyway you get the idea. Approaching 80 year of age, I still walk without assistance and have for 79 of those years. This kid never has and never will, but he is THANKFUL.
Boy do my little problems pale when compared to this kid. I am sure he has spent many nights in a hospital, I have never spent one. So I brushed the tears away vowed to NOT COMPAIN, but be THANKFUL, I mean, BE THANKFUL for my life, so tonight, this person, Jack, is thankful I heard this boy. I hope to learn his name, but for right now, the little dude has become one of my heroes.
It is now about 1 o’clock on Thanksgiving day and you can BET I am THANKFUL.