Share Thanksgiving with Those Not So Lucky...

by Tom (The Sok-Man) McNamara

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

In many of our houses, we celebrate Thanksgiving, which conjures up all sorts of visions, smells, and laughter it centers on family, friends, football, and fires crackling in the fireplace.

People who bring guests into their houses spend hours even days preparing for the festivity gearing up and making things perfect, the decorations are set out, the tables are lined with beautiful runners, the best china is pulled out for the three times of year it is used. Silver lines both sides of the china plates, the napkins are folded that would make any fancy hotel envious of the creativity of the decorator.

It's usually a cold day with flurries, as we come in from our travelers, jackets adorned, collars flipped up, hats covering our ears, gloves, and in some cases even scarfs are wrapped around our necks keeping the start of old man winter's pushing and pulling at the last leaves that have hung on for dear life not wanting to give up their missions.

As I greet friends at the door the heat runs out and the cold rushes in bringing the temperature down if for only a few minutes. I'm drawn to look out through a frostbitten window at the wrinkled, crinkled colorless leaves, my mind wanders as elders are sitting in their chairs, activity abound surrounds them, crazy, wild excited kids striving for someone's attention, anyone's just to be heard.

My heart aches, as I look around the room, a man in his 60's everything I heard growing up is now revealing it. As a child, I have no worries, 10,20,30 years just fly by but not for the people living those times. 40, 50 60 the clock slows down but your mind never does. You're a teenager locked in a body that is aging faster than you ever could have imagined, you're much more aware of your surroundings the selfish you has faded into an observant middle-aged adult or so we hope.

70, 80, 90’s you are seeing life through a time warp, ah you finally put it together, the shivering bodies, the wrinkled, crinkled, aging of our skin relates to the outer shells of the leaves who are left. I look around the room seeing my elders sitting in their chairs silent, yearning to scream like a child to be heard.

Now image all of this was a dream or even a faded memory, I want you to take a moment on Thanksgiving to remember not everyone is so lucky to have such wonderful settings. Everyone's Thanksgiving table is set differently but we all long for friendships, conversation, love, human touch, shelter, and food to eat, this year I want to share with you some homeless individuals dinner spreads, friends having conversations, and shelters to sleep. Please put a pack of socks in your car, make a plate of food, have a conversation, or say a prayer for people who don't have the life we have.

Thank You, Tom (The Sok-Man) McNamara

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We are blessed
by: Sandy

Thanks for the post - it is always a good reminder for us to think of our blessings, not just on Thanksgiving. And to not just think, but act on that, especially with kindness toward others.

Elna - I hope you are right. I am losing my mom to Congestive heart failure and so wish that I will see her again after she passes.

by: Wendy,

My 30 yr old niece is helping a 70 yr old homeless man, "homeless for 50 years, by choice" (as he says).

Marvin had a bad childhood with many foster homes, etc. and simply opted out of life. Now, at 70, life is not easy. He was hospitalized last year as his feet got frostbite in the winter.

Family and friends are helping with clothing and occasional motel rooms when it was rainy, now we are trying to find a place for the winter...

We are hoping he comes for Thanksgiving dinner. We shall see!

I don't get how anyone can accept this type of life, but trying not to be judgmental, simply supportive!

Sharing Thanksgiving and more
by: Elna Nugent, Lenox, Ma

I am grateful for the above posts about sharing . We always receive when we give if we can give without expecting a return. There is something I would like to share at this thankful time of year..

My parents were factual and pragmatic with workable ideals based on what we were taught in my great uncle's church . I had a loving, devoted family and a large extended one as well..

But I have had unusual personal life experiences that began quite early and later proved that "there most certainly is life after death."

I didn't dare write a memoir about this until later in life because I knew no one would have believed half of it at an earlier time.

__ "Life is a continuous Journey" ....whether we want it to be or not." The next life is like stepping into the next "room" that is amazingly familiar to us. Our amazing human body we lose- but we are still "Us" with a visible atomic body that is indestructible. and we are easily recognizable to others who have gone before.

We can spend Thanksgiving Day awesomely grateful for this chance to live on this planet and learn important lessons. Gratitude and trust IN a powerful unconditional Loving God gives us what we need and want and helps us tap all the riches we already have inside us but don't dare express.

Blessings to all.

by: Goldie

We are the fortunate ones; Let us share with those who are not.

by: ricardo

Tom, your commentary on Thanksgiving AND what we should be thinking about, not only this time of year but always was very well written...kuddos to your abilities in expressing yourself.

I think we all change as we age and spend more time contemplating the past, present AND future because we realize just how precious time can be, and our "clocks" are running out of time so we cherish past memories as well as current times, for we are uncertain of a tomorrow......

God Bless and HAPPY THANKGIVING to all!

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