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May 17, 2014

Looking Back: Finally, spring is here and there is much to be thankful for

Most everyone is exuberantly happy to have warmer weather finally here.

There have been too many unhappy faces seen at our supermarkets of late. A shopper with groceries piled high, heading for her car, lamented that they will most likely be paying the heating bills all summer long. Sad. 

One hardship after another plus all the winter doldrums have taken their toll, along with the needed energy as we tried to get through just another day.

A first short period of sunny warmth was most welcome, as we dragged out the porch folding chairs to soak up all the energizing Vitamin D that we could. The evenings came, cool breezes with delightful crisp air, twinkling stars and just peace and quiet. I thought of all the things we have to be thankful for.

It was so nice when one of our elderly women readers (older then myself) recently sent a lovely letter to express her thankfulness for many of the things we sometimes take for granted. She mentioned “water, good food, warm house and I could go on and on.” That’s certainly so true. There are blessings galore and all for our happiness.

As a youngster, did I ever stop to be thankful for all the things I just took for granted? Too busy doing, too busy going, and much too busy just involved with self. We did, as I remember, say “grace” (a thankful prayer) at dinner time, led by my father. But I can’t recall the same for breakfast or lunch. Why not? Wouldn’t it be quite a tragedy if what we should have given thanks for would just simply disappear? (Just a thought.)

Many customs and traditions dictate to the populace to give thanks on a special day of each year. Feasting, parties and, best of all, it usually is a day off from work to be with family and friends (or so it was years ago). Don’t all the other days of a year have blessings, too? Each and every day certainly is a blessing for the elderly. Growing old … and older … and older, each day is not easy by any means. Do I have another day? I hope so.

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