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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't.......you'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.
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