Vacancy

I lost my stepmother and my father-in-law earlier this year. One of my favorite bloggers, John Pavlovitz, wrote this post back in 2015, but I just read it tonight, and it spoke to me. For all of us who miss someone this holiday season, whether for the first time or the fortieth, I offer this:

https://johnpavlovitz.com/2015/11/26/holidays-and-empty-chairs/

Peace and comfort to you all.

Larry

What Are You Thankful For?

Better yet, who are you thankful for?

Is there someone in your life that you’re thankful is there? A parent, a friend, spouse or partner, sibling, child, teacher, pet?

Someone who brings you joy, love, inspiration, companionship, who gives meaning to your life?

Or, was there once?

As the Thanksgiving holidays approach, perhaps it would be a good time to let them know just how thankful you are for all they mean to you. Even if you think they already know.

If they’re no longer here, just give thanks to God, or the universe, or whoever it is you thank, for blessing you with them.

Among many others, I’m thankful for all of you, who take a minute out of your day to read my occasional babbling, and even to babble back sometimes.

As many reasons as we can all probably come up with to not be thankful, let’s be sure to acknowledge the things – and especially, the people – for which we can give thanks.

And not just on Thanksgiving.

In closing, I leave with you this thought I’m borrowing from a fellow blogger who posted this recently:

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Happy Turkey Day, everybody.

Homecoming

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays,

Cause no matter how far away you roam,

When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze,

For the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home.


As I was just listening to this popular Christmas tune, I realized how different this year’s holidays will be.

Some things will stay the same, of course. The decorating. The shopping. The music. The food. All in glorious abundance.

Due to the pandemic, though, going home will be more problematic, and surely advised against by the health experts.

Of course, as we proved over Thanksgiving, not everyone will heed said advice. And the infections will spread, again.

Because, by golly, we’re not going to let a little thing like a highly contagious virus ruin our holidays.

I understand the desire, the need, to spend time with family at this time of year. I get it. It stinks that we’re being warned to not do it.

But folks, it’s just not safe.

I know a lot of you refuse to believe that, and a lot more of you don’t care. And I can’t stop you from doing what you want.

All I can do is hope you will choose to be safe, for everybody’s sake. Just call, or Zoom, the ones you wish you could be with. I know it’s not the same, but better than no contact at all.

Believe me, I’m as tired of the coronavirus as anyone else, but it’s still here, and still killing people. None of us like to acknowledge that, but it’s true. We must continue to wash our hands, wear our masks and keep our distance to help prevent the spread of this deadly virus. A vaccine is coming, but it ain’t here yet.

So, please, folks, let’s be sensible about this, and considerate of family and friends, so that we all can survive this crisis and still be around for future holidays.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. Love and peace to you.

Life in Lockdown

Sucks, doesn’t it?

Being stuck in the house all day, every day. Can’t go out to dinner, can’t go to a movie, can’t go to a ballgame, can’t go anywhere, basically.

Can’t go to work, cause I’m a driver with nobody to drive. Got laid off, as a result, so I’m another one of the many newly unemployed folks in our country. Thank goodness my wife still has her job and can work from home, as everyone is encouraged to do who can.

Just stay home and order out and get caught up on TV shows. My wife and I got started on Manifest; interesting show.

I don’t like it, friends, but this is our reality. This is what COVID-19 has wrought.

And honestly, if this is as bad as it gets for me, I’ll be very thankful.

This illness is touching a lot of lives, and I’m so scared it will touch someone in my family, or among my friends.

And it scares me that they will die alone and be buried alone, just because of its potential for spreading. That’s just heartbreaking.

My heart goes out to the people on the front lines of this war, doctors and nurses and health care workers, some giving their lives in the fight to save others. I cannot thank you enough for your compassion and courage. Bless every one of you.

Same for all the people working in the grocery stores, doing their best to keep the shelves stocked, in spite of all the greedy folks who have to hoard stuff so other people have no shot at getting any. Shame on you. A little less selfishness would go a long way, here.

And anyone else out there doing whatever they can to help us get through this, thank you so very much.

I don’t know when we’ll turn the corner on this thing; it could be a long while, yet. And while that’s discouraging, even depressing, we must all do what we’re asked to keep it from getting worse. Please.

This is unlike anything our generation has ever faced before. It’s time for us to prove what we’re really made of.

Do your part. Stay home. I recommend Manifest.