Family time during holidays more important than 'stuff'
With every attempt to entice us away from the things we hold dearest, with promises of cheap throw-away televisions and other inexpensive things, we as a society lose something we will never get back: time. The time we will spend on Thanksgiving with our husband, wife, mother, father, brother, sister, cousin, uncle, aunt, or best friend. Are Black Friday deals worth that?
Some places are even opening on Thanksgiving Day to sell you “stuff” now. Is working on Thanksgiving Day worth that? Is making your employees work on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day worth that? I love “stuff” just as much as the next person, but I would trade the world and all of the “stuff” it had to offer on discount for one more day or hour or minute or even one last word with my mom and dad on that last Thanksgiving I spent with them.
So to my fellow business owners out there, please do not open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow your employees and yourselves at least two days a year to spend time with their loved ones — some of which will be their last spent with them.
As I prepare to celebrate what would have been my mother’s 69th birthday, I just remember those times when it was just us hanging out, preparing great meals, waiting for friends and family to visit us or to take food to them — not sitting in line at a megastore, behaving like idiots, fighting other people over clothes and televisions, getting trampled by crowds of people. That’s what a lot of kids nowadays will remember about their mothers and grandmothers.
I guess that’s why I never had a lot of “stuff” growing up — never the latest gadgets or whatnots, just family time during the holidays. Just a little something to think about while you’re waiting in line.
Angels On Earth
It was such a joy for the day club and friends to watch, as Josh sang, tap their feet, clay their hands and smile. Oh, those smiles. As they listened to the music for that moment they were whole. Sometimes people tend to forget that these afflicted with Alzheimer’s are just a blank canvas. They are people who just live a new day, every day. They have a mind waiting to be touched. We have to look for that one thing and it is not always easy.
Each volunteer at the Day Club have that gift. They have love, patience and joy in their hearts.
The staff at the Alzheimer’s Alliance are like angels on earth dedicated to support those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
Please, please support the Alliance as you never know if and when you may need them.
Mary E. Gilmore
Election Day Lunch
So, Arp residents, as well as others in the area, or one just driving through our town, let’s support Nanas.
Nanas, we greatly appreciate your generosity and kindness.