THANKSGIVING 2015: GIVING BACK
What does Thanksgiving mean to you?
We are taught at an early age that Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for what we have and our opportunities. We spend time together and share a meal and say thank you to them and also for the life we now lead; however, as time has gone on, it seems that it has taken a turn away from being thankful for what we have and for each other and has changed into an opportunity to shop and spend money. This takes us away from being together with the ones we love and instead has us out in a cold mall buying a big (or even bigger) screen TV, computer at the latest “deep” discount..All because someone tells us that that day is the day we need to have it. When we do that, when we take time away from being together, we have forgotten the importance of this day. Thanksgiving is a day set aside by our forefathers to be thankful for those that came before us and for those we love around us, for this day and for all we now have. This day is a day set aside by our parents, and their parents, and their parents, parents to be together and share the bounty, the laughter, the love and gratitude we have – it’s set aside from the rush, and the stress, and hub-bub of life.
I have no pressing plans for this coming Thanksgiving. So, I said to myself, let me do something for somebody else on this day to celebrate being thankful. I called the Haverhill Emmaus shelter and asked if there was anything I could do for them. It turns out they have a bunch of turkeys already donated but no trimmings, pies or desserts to go with them. We will provide all of those, I am so excited to cook potatoes and bake pies, make stuffing and bread. This last Saturday we did most of the shopping to supply them with a nice dinner to go with the turkeys. And, of course, we’ll bring some meatballs and pasta and a pizza or two!!
I am so thankful to give back to people in Haverhill who are in need, to spend time with my loved ones, to laugh and cook and care about each other…and most importantly, to feel thankful for what I have!!
I hope that you will spend time with the people you love or care about, with the people who need you and care about you.
And just remember, the stores will always still be there tomorrow!