Between all the Halloween decorations, and Christmas parties, it seems that Thanksgiving gets short shrift. So, I thought I’d try to help give this holiday some of it’s due.
On Tuesday, I actually drove to my 2nd job early, and had enough time to grab a bite to eat before teaching my class. As I sat down to eat, I overheard a woman in the cafeteria ask a blind man what help he needed. He needed to go to the bathroom, and she replied, “well, I’ll have to get a man to help you.”
So, I decided to help him. We walked through the cafeteria around several tables and chairs. His dog did a good job of helping him not run into things, but he couldn’t figure out why his dog kept running into him. I told him that it was a real obstacle course, and then he realized his dog was acting appropriately. After he was finished using the restroom, he told me that he wanted to catch the bus, so I helped direct him outside to the bus stop. (And of course, I ended up being late for class that I had expected to be early for.)
So, this experience helped remind me of a real appreciation for eyesight. About 10 years ago, I had LASIK done to my eyes so that I don’t need glasses or contacts. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is. I’ve needed glasses since about the 3rd grade, and it was sure wonderful to wake up and be able to read the alarm clock. I can’t imagine being completely blind and needing a Seeing Eye dog.
So, in addition to my eyesight, I’m thankful for my family. It’s a little smaller now; I lost a sister 10 years ago to a brain tumor, and a brother 2 years ago to a car accident. My parents are starting to get up in age, and I expect they won’t be around in the next 10-20 years. I do have 2 children of my own (and 1 on the way), and while I am grateful for them, there is still a hole in my heart for my brother and sister who have passed on.
So, I thought I would open it up. What are you thankful for?