Thursday, November 27, 2008

Being a Giver III

"You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it."

--Albert Schweitzer

We are most blessed to have such a First Family.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Catvibe said...

I love your thanksgiving posts. A very happy thanksgiving to you Judith. Thank you for your thought provoking posts and your strong presence which is so engaging. We have much to be grateful for in this world.

judith ellis said...

Thank you, Cat. It has been my pleasure as well to visit your blog daily. It is a beautiful one.

Thanksgiving reminds me of a song we used to sing when we were kids. It was nearly an every Sunday song:

"Count your blessings name them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done. Count your blessings name the one by one. Count your many blessings see what God has done."

My mother would often hum this song throughout the week and this reminded us of how blessed we were, everyday.

May this day be filled with all the blessings of thanksgiving and may they be in memory always.

Happy Thanksgiving, Cat, to you and yours.

Dave Wheeler said...

What a terrific quote and worthy goal. I recall many years ago asking a person who had helped me through some very challenging and trying times decades ago what I could do to pay him back for his kindness. His answer was the one thing I could do to repay him was to return the favor to someone in a similar situation. I have always honored the memory of CMsgt Robert Huelskamp in that way and my life is made richer by that!

judith ellis said...

Thank you, Dave, for that. Lovely.

John O'Leary said...

On a less serious note, I occasionally see turkeys in my back garden, or holding up traffic on the street outside while they lazily saunter across the road to the farm next door. But I've NEVER seen one fly. What's with that? I mean they DO have wings. Are they junking out on fast food too?

judith ellis said...

Too funny, John! It also seemed that the pardoned White House turkey was incredibly docile. Not only did it not fly, it did not even move. Hmmm?

Preparing the turkey was a most difficult task. After preparing this bird I couldn't even eat it. I felt somehow really bad. Damn Sarah Palin! (NOT REALLY!)

I stopped eating meat for 12 years, but I had started again a few years back. Preparing this turkey I was reminded why. I just can't handle this.

John O'Leary said...

Good for you, Judith. I gave up red meat and poultry 25 years ago and haven't missed it. Eventually it will occur to the general public that eating meat - especially beef and pork - is incredibly expensive if we factor in environmental costs. And the health benefits of avoiding meat are widely documented of course.

judith ellis said...

I had not intended on having such a reaction at all, but I most certainly did. I'm thinking of trying the macrobiotic diet.

Cynthia said...

Wonderful pictures of the First
Family elect, thank you for posting
each one, I hadn't seen these.

judith ellis said...

Cynthia - I'm glad you liked the photos, "each one." Sometimes I wonder if a few would do until I realize that it is the whole that completes the picture.

I was moved by them and thought that others might be too. I loved the expressions on the President-elect's cheeks raised from behind as he watched Malia get a big fat one on the cheek, as he watched his wife get embraced by two others, as he reached out for the little ones, and as he himself reached out to hug another.

Here is the heart of a commuity organizer; here is a heart of compassion.

Anonymous said...

Here must be videos or pictures?
Now only exclamation marks.