My son's 20th birthday is tomorrow. His birthday is the last day that can't ever be Thanksgiving, so when it comes around it brings home the nearness of the coming holiday season. It's time to think about our lives and realize how lucky we are.
First and foremost, I'm thankful that my family and I are healthy and have a roof over our head and enough to eat. I'm thankful that my teenage children are good kids with good common sense (at least for teenagers!) and morals. I'm grateful for my husband who stands by my side. I am thankful that although my working hours were cut, I stlil have a job and my husband can carry most of the benefits that I lost.
So many people are in need this year. At the local grocery store, there is a Salvation Army tree with slips on it, each listing a child, their age, and some ideas for Christmas gifts. This year, the tree is invisible, covered by the slips, many more than usual. Also, in our area the food pantries are in great need of donations. My daughter's high school is having a contest to see which class can collect more nonperishables to donate.
While we are giving thanks this year, we should remember that there are many people out there who struggle to provide the basics for themselves and their families every day.. Giving thanks can include doing something to help those less fortunate; even a little bit helps. If everyone does a little bit, it adds up to a lot!