Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US, but it’s always a good time to not only remember those people and things we are grateful for, but to take it one step further to support causes close to home – whether by volunteering or, if you are in a position to do so, by assisting financially. This pandemic year has been devastating to so many places, programs and communities, like food banks, shelters, crisis centers, as well as local shops and businesses. Think of any way you can to support them and the simplest way to begin is by buying local this holiday season.
We support a local organization that rescues and redistributes food which would otherwise become waste. They, too, were hard hit this year since many of their suppliers closed due to the pandemic. As a result, they restructured to rescue even more food directly from markets and farmers. Food waste is something everyone can see and do something about. Start small. Review what you can change personally to keep your own food waste to a minimum.
The NYT ran a beautiful series of six word memoirs about what their readers are thankful for this year. You might be surprised by some of them. As someone else said, I’m thankful to be thankful.
I’m still on a break that is quickly coming to an end. Progress on The Helpdesk has been slow and hit a large bump in the road that will push back its launch for a couple more months. Stay tuned.
7 thoughts on “Gratitude”
I am staying tuned. 🙂
Besides the technical issues, I’m trying to work my way through legalese (AKA the fine print) and I might need new specs!
“I miss people, but not pants” – that’s the one that caught my eye. Only in this time with people talking to each other via the ‘net and webcams, and with only their tops showing, could that make sense.
It’s very difficult a lot of the time here, where I am, to support local business, local people. But I do what I can, when I can. Some weeks ago I went through my ‘baking cupboard’ and found several perfectly fine unopened bags of flour I couldn’t use as they were too large – bought when I was desperately trying to get flour at the start of the pandemic, and had to buy in bulk – and I donated them to the local food bank. Hopefully someone has got some good cakes and biscuits (cookies) out of them.
That’s definitely putting them to good use. Food banks are really in need this year due to the high level of unemployment everywhere, with little sign of that changing anytime soon.
At the beginning of the pandemic I was baking more. As time went on, we discovered that while fun, the end result was that we were putting on weight!
Ah, but I bet you’d rather be putting on weight than starving. (I know I would!)
Thankfully we’re in a position where we don’t have to choose. Unfortunately, not everyone is.