The recent hype surrounding American Thanksgiving, coupled with the oncoming "season of giving" has got me thinking about what I have to be thankful for, and what I can give to others.
I am very thankful for still having a wonderful husband; after a recent vacation where he became very ill, I realized I could have lost him, or at least he could have lost a limb.
I did a lot of giving during his illness, both away and once we got home, but I was glad to do it. Contrary to his opinion of being a burden on me, I was happy to be able to help him any way I could, through nursing care, meals in bed, running errands, the list is endless. It also gave me a whole new appreciation of all the "little things" he does for me on a daily basis, and believe me, those little things are big things.
As he is retired, and I am still in the working world, he is the one who makes dinner every night, and does all the grocery shopping, as well as run all the errands involving the bank, the post office, the library, the pharmacy, not to mention the dog walking on a daily basis. You add all that to keeping up with one's job, it becomes a lot on your plate. I always did appreciate all he does, but now that appreciation is stronger than ever. He always says "never take each other for granted" and he is right.
As for giving to others, I have also learned that you don't need to give tangible things, and with a few weeks off work and no income, I certainly have not had any extra money to buy things.
Again, those "little things" are what you can give: your time, your presence, a listening ear, a helping hand, a hug.
I have always been a giver, always trying to do nice things for others, believing in the adage "pay it forward." But recently I have found myself on the receiving end of some of these gifts as well, daily phone calls, Facebook messages, kind words and deeds, helping hands from friends and acquaintances who truly care.
To those who have been there for me while I was there for my husband, a heartfelt thank you, and all the best gifts of the holiday season!
Christmas Tea and Carol Practice
Dolores Dagenais, singer, songwriter and musician is hosting a Christmas Tea and Carol Practice at her home in Pictou on Sunday December 8, from 3 - 5 p.m. Anyone who would like to join the group, practice some carols, and sing some Christmas songs are welcome to come. The group plans to bring some Christmas cheer to various seniors' residences in the week before Christmas, a real old fashioned carolling experience!
You can get all the information by visiting the facebook page, "Christmas Tea and Carol Practice."
-Submitted by Donna Belanger, a community correspondent with The News.