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Giving thanks

Friday, November 23, 2012

It was one of those Thanksgivings that smacks you upside the head and makes you remember your priorities. I got a phone call from my daughter. I didn't think too much of it. I figured she was probably going to tell me that she would be late, but it was kind of surprising that she was letting me know several hours before we were supposed to get together.

But this wasn't just another "running late" call. My daughter was standing across the street watching the apartment building she had lived in burn to the ground. She had awoken to the smoke alarm and made it out of the building with nothing but the clothes on her back, her cell phone and her purse. A neighbor (also a fireman) that came over because he saw smoke met her at the door and, bless him, grabbed my granddaughter's bike. Because Jessica had worked late the night before (she has a full time day job plus works as a bartender part-time AND goes to college), Jalyssa was spending the night with the babysitter. Already, so much to be thankful for. There are five apartments in that building. Everybody lost all their "stuff," but nobody was hurt. Five families that didn't lose their mothers, fathers, or children. And my four-year old granddaughter was spared exiting the smoke-filled apartment in a panic.

But the response of the community has just been fantastic. She is staying with her babysitter, the local car dealer made her a set of keys for her car with no charge, the furniture store donated a couch and bed. There have been so many private donations of money, clothing, furniture, that I haven't been able to keep track. Of course, Jessica is a bit in shock, but it is comforting to know that she is being taken care of.

So, on this Black Friday, give your children an extra hug and take a moment to relax and enjoy them.

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    The kindness just keeps coming and so far my daughter is doing very well. I am so proud of her, she is looking out for the other families now because she feels that she ahs all she needs.
    2029 days ago
    Wow, how shocking, and devasting for your daughter and everyone involved, and you. What a great blessing your daughter and grandaughter are safe and that no one was hurt or worse. So much to be thankful for for you and your family, and how heart warming that the community is reaching out to help the victims of the fire.
    2030 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/26/2012 4:40:57 PM
    It is really horrible that your DD lost all of her things but such a use blessing the she and your granddaughter are safe!!! That is indeed something to be most grateful for!!!
    2031 days ago
    How devastating! I'm glad your daughter was ok, but this has to be rough on her. She will be in our thoughts and prayers. Good luck.
    2032 days ago
    Thank you, Evelyn. The kindness just keeps coming. It is so encouraging to see how wonderful people can
    2032 days ago
    How devastating in the material realm . . . but still earth shaking as to how it affects one's life and psyche. Hope the help continues and that your daughter is able to get on her feet again without too much disruption. Thankful indeed that the value of life and family are preserved.
    2032 days ago
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