Since this is the time of year for sharing, I thought I’d share a few things I’m thankful for this year.
I’m thankful that I still have family to go Black Friday shopping with – even though we don’t go anymore.
I’m thankful that Williamsburg made it to the State championship game. I even sat and watched the game remain at 0-0 at halftime until my Friday night recorded show came on and I had to change the channel. Truth is, I’m thankful when any one of our local teams makes the championships – even if we don’t bring home the big one.
I’m thankful that my friend Marlene is still here, still making me jealous and still bustin’ my chops – nuff said.
I’m thankful that the office is getting a nice, shiny facelift – although it’s still far from finished, it’s a great start.
I’m thankful that someone has taken it upon themselves to make downtown Corbin look so festive during the holidays and so beautiful the rest of the year – too bad the empty buildings still ruin the total effect.
I’m thankful I still have family out there somewhere, even though distance and circumstances keep us from seeing much of each other anymore.
I’m thankful that loving animals still have the ability to calm us and lower our blood pressure – although a careless driver recently took that privilege away from me.
I’m thankful for Diane and Wendell, wonderful neighbors who are willing to help out when crisis hits – or perhaps I should have said crises as there seems to have been many since moving into my new house.
I’m thankful for David and Brenda in Keavy, honest people whose only thought after finding a woman’s purse and its contents strewn all over Gordon Hill was to stop traffic, gather everything up, and see to it that everything was returned to “its owner,” safe and sound. Whew! That was a close one.
I’m thankful that we still have bus drivers brave and caring enough to see to it that our children get to school and back home safely – even though they’re overworked and understaffed.
I’m thankful that the rivalry between Corbin and London is still ongoing. Every town needs a reason to grow, even if it’s just to one-up the neighbors.
I’m thankful for the hundreds of friends I have out there in the community who call me here at the office on a regular basis, friends who continually make me smile – even though we may never meet in person.
I’m thankful that I haven’t yet been forced to type on one of those new-fangled flat keyboards. With my long nails, my fingers would slide off the keys way to often.
I’m thankful that I still have the patience to sit for hours and create beautiful crafts – although the big knot on the back of my neck is a constant reminder that I gotta get up and stretch once in a while.
I’m thankful for the year-round Charlie Brown Christmas tree that sits over by the sports desk. It’s stupid, it’s corny, but it gets the message across. It’s a constant reminder that there are always people out there who need help.
This brings me to the “poynt” of writing this column. Throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, there will be lots and lots of chances for everyone to step a little outside your comfort zone and lend a hand or make a small donation to help those less fortunate. And, I have long learned that there is always someone less fortunate than you.
We all have cans of food in the kitchen cabinet that we know we won’t eat any time soon. Now’s the time to donate to the nearest food pantry. Just because you and/or your kids are receiving something free this year doesn’t mean you can’t get out yourself and help deliver food baskets for the Lions Club. After all, it takes no longer time than it does to drive to the store and back.
Can’t drive you say? Grab a pair of scissors and have someone – a neighbor, a friend – pick you up and carpool downtown to wrap Christmas presents for the Empty Stocking Fund. You don’t even have to stand up. You can sit down and wrap.
There are always ways of giving back that don’t cost you nothin’ but a little time.
In the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be collecting a list of organizations that can use your help in some way this holiday season. Look for them in the Community Calendar.
Please try to make this a Season of Giving, not just receiving.
Happy Turkey Day!
Bobbie Poynter is the Community Editor for the Times-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org