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A Thanksgiving Ritual

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This doesn't happen EVERY Thanksgiving, but it has happened quite often, for which WE are very Thankful.
All of us know people who spend Thanksgiving and many other Holidays alone. I cannot think of what that would be like because I have NEVER experienced it. I can imagine the lonliness though and if I can do something about it, I will try.
For many years now, my husband and I have invited people who would have been alone otherwise for Holiday gatherings. It has made for some unusual combinations of people and for some very funny as well as poignant times. This Thanksgiving, we will have a man named Syd with us. I actually picked him up at Walmart. I couldn't reach an item on the very top shelf and he happened by at just the right time. Now before you come to the conclusion that I am in the habit of picking up strange men at Walmart, let me explain. I already knew Syd. He lives in the condo complex that our oldest son and his family live in. He has been such a great neighbor to them and both my husband and I appreciate this. After he reached my top shelf items, we visited for a bit, and I asked him where he was going for Thanksgiving (he is divorced, but has 2 sons and I assumed he would be with one or both of them). He looked very sad and said that he would be alone........ I said, "No you won''re going to be with us." Talk about a smile that lit up the store!!!!! He was so happy and immediately asked what he could bring.
It was such a small thing..........but a big thing for Syd. We have so much to be Thankful for and one of the most important is the love of friends and the inclusion of those who might otherwise be alone. Let's all try to reach out in some way.
I wish you a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MISSDAISY23 11/26/2012 2:59PM

    You guys are awesome! I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    You and your husband are awesome!!! We will have to do that someday too! Syd is sure fortunate to know you!

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EZRIN101 11/23/2012 12:46AM

    The world is lucky to have special people like you

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WISHICOULDFLY 11/22/2012 7:34AM

    THIS is what Thanksgiving is all about. Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving AND this blog. I warms my heart! We are spending this year having dinner with family at the nursing home where my father in law is a resident, BUT I thank I'm going to do this the next time we have it at my home. Many blessings to you and your family! You ROCK! emoticon -Connie

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 11/22/2012 4:09AM

    THANK YOU for making Syd's Thanksgiving a day for him to remember. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to YOU, YOUR FAMILY, and SYD!

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MNNICE 11/21/2012 10:59PM

    May you have a blessed and Thanksgiving.

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FLAME42 11/21/2012 9:49PM

    Sounds exactly like you! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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LTMURPHY7 11/21/2012 8:05PM

  Great idea
some friends of mine invite military folks to their Thanksgiving

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NESARIAN 11/21/2012 5:26PM

    You are the true spirit of the season. emoticon

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NOW2DAY 11/21/2012 5:06PM


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1CRAZYDOG 11/21/2012 2:06PM

    emoticon That's beautiful! Wishing you a beautiful, wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for reading my blog, too! HUGS

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MS.ELENI 11/21/2012 12:51PM

    When the kids were young I would have some of their friends single parents and kids.

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DIET_FRIEND 11/21/2012 12:35PM

    When I was a kid, my dad was in the Navy and we lived in Italy. Many times my parents hosted sailors for holidays. Enjoy your day1

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JLLOVETT 11/21/2012 12:30PM

    That is so wonderful!

I actually invited a "wrong number" telephone call to church last Sunday and he accepted!!!! He sounded broken and lonely (I was right - recently divorced) we picked him up, went to Sunday school and church, only for him to find several people he went to school with years earlier! What a blessing - I told him my husband and I would take him to church any time he wanted to go! I do things like this all the time, my husband is kinda used to my quirks by now!! emoticon

Happy Thanksgiving all!!!! emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 11/21/2012 12:29PM

    I think it's great you will have Syd with you. It can mean so much to spread a little joy around.

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NEW-CAZ 11/21/2012 12:24PM

    A wonderful thing to do. Happy Thanksgiving emoticon

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123ELAINE456 11/21/2012 12:20PM

  I have been alone for all Holidays for years. So I know how he was feeling. Thank You for making Him very Happy for Thanksgiving by opening your home to him and People like him down though the Years. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Have a Super Good Day. Take Care. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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PATTISTAMPS 11/21/2012 12:06PM

    You are so open and giving! I hope you enjoy every moment of your holiday!

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