I found myself without a traditional Thanksgiving dinner today. When I learned it would just be myself and my boys on Thanksgiving, I spent some time thinking of a way I could make the day meaningful for my kids.
What I came up with was a day of thankful giving. We talked about what we were thankful for and then thought of something we could do to give back those things to other people. We got supplies and made a list. The boys ran out of energy, so our list was cut a little short, but it was a very rewarding and special Thanksgiving.
Our first stop was the animal shelter.
We knew they would be closed, so we left the dogs and cats a little something outside.
Next stop was the senior citizen complex where we dropped of some steamy trashy romance novels…. I figured it would spice things up a little. We also took some lotto tickets to hand out to nice people. An elderly lady held my little boys hands and then asked him to pull her in her wheelchair down the hall. I think he would have if he was bigger. So, we got a nurse to help her out.
Then, we headed off to the hospital. It was cold outside as you can tell by their faces…
We left coloring books and crayons and stickers in the waiting rooms. I thought it would help parents and kids alike to have something to do. On our way out, an intoxicated man collapsed in the doorway and blocked our exit. Another nurse was called.
Next, we headed off to the homeless shelter. We had some stuffed animals for children there. We went inside and couldn’t find anyone. My kids have no fear whatsoever and just walked in and followed the sound of voices down a winding path of hallways.
There, we found a family with two small children. My boys gave them each a teddy bear. As we said “Have a happy Thanksgiving” to them, I turned back and saw the little boy about the same age as my little boy hugging his new bear so tightly. His eyes were closed and his face partially burried in it’s fur. Sweet beautiful little soul. I hope his Thanksgiving was as happy as mine was.
I hope everyone had a wonderful day filled with love. I know I am especially thankful. My list of things I am thankful for is as long as there are seconds in a day.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!