A friend of ours started a Facebook posting on Nov. 30. It was called “30 days of thankfulness” and the premise is pretty simple. He (and his wife, separately), post a different thing each day in November for which he is thankful. They didn’t ask anyone to do it or to share it, they merely post something. Sometimes it’s a big thing — like family. Sometimes it’s a little thing, like sharing breakfast with a child. But every day, it gives a lift.
Naturally, I started to post something every day, as well. I started the month with something I haven’t had since elementary school — good vision without corrective lenses. Three years ago, I had a cataract removed from my right eye and at the end of October, I had one removed from my left eye. The Vaseline-like haze that had clouded my vision was gone! I am now able to see with 20/30 vision and it’s improving every day. Since the new lens inserted also corrected my astigmatism, I have excellent vision. It’s a medical miracle and something for which I give thanks every minute. What a lovely world I can now fully see!
Of course, with Thanksgiving on the horizon, it’s always fitting to appreciate the harvest and the ability to share it with dear family members and friends. Whether around the table or in spirit, the people who bring love, caring and laughter into our lives are always worth appreciating.
This weekend also brings us the national holiday which honors veterans, past and present. We have many in our family and each has brought us pride. Over the years, there were times we worried and prayed for their safety, and we take one day celebrate their sacrifices and their patriotism.
Many schools have programs and meals to honor the veterans in their students’ and staffs’ families. Some have veterans that speak to the students at these assemblies. Some teachers include timelines and written projects that recognize the time the veterans were in active duty and where and what they did for our country.
Many work organizations honor their veterans with a carry-in lunches or other programs. Really creative folks will bake poppy cookies (poppy for remembrance) or a yellow ribbon cake. Some decorate the entire workspace with yellow ribbons.
If you want to do something individually, wear a red poppy or yellow ribbon to show support for both veteran and active duty service members. You can participate in, or even organize, a care-package packing party. If you don’t know anyone currently in the military, a nearby base or Blue Star Moms can identify troops in need of these.
This is a great week to send a home-cooked meal, a plate of brownies, or a thank you note to someone in your family or community who is a veteran.
This 30 day period of thankfulness is going to be too easy for me, as my blessings are many. Among them, I count you, dear readers.
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Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at the Hospice store (For All Seasons) in Troy and teaches part-time at Urbana University. She keeps busy taking care of husband, house, and pets. She and her husband have an adult son who lives in Troy.