I remember very well what it was like growing up in a lower-middle-class family in Upstate New York during the 1950’s & 1960’s. My family didn’t have much, but made the most of what they had. For example, I thought every family took a half gallon of milk and mixed it with a half-gallon of water and powdered milk. I remember what a treat it was when I got to dispense an entire glass of cold (real) milk from the dispenser in the cafeteria. We didn’t do without back then, we just made due on a little less than everyone else had.
Growing up, I would ask my mom and dad for this or that (that everyone else in the world seem to have) and they would reply time with a “Be happy with what you have as there are others who do not have as much as you!” That response sure put things into perspective and made me appreciate even more what we did have.
I so appreciate the environment that my sister and I grew up in and wish my parents were still around so that I could tell them so.
At this time of year, we all tend to look back and appreciate what we have, but set our sights on how much more in possible in the coming year.
I’ve heard it said that if you woke up this morning in a home (you own or rent), had food to eat, a job or business to go to with a vehicle to get you there, you are living better than many, many others in the world.
In that regard, if you consider yourself truly blessed, just remember that “To whom much is given, from him much is expected”
So, make this the season of not only Thanksgiving, but blessings to others.
Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes,