Is your refrigerator running?
We boldly would ask with a straight face, suppressing giggles. When we were kids, we’d dare each other to crank call strangers. We’d randomly pick phone numbers from the phone book.
The stranger would usually answer yes.
Then, you’d better go out and catch it!
Slam down the phone! Giggle! Snort!
Two weeks ago, my refrigerator stopped running. So, we bought a new one, pronto! Because, Thanksgiving!
Thankful, indeed. I am thankful that I can afford to buy a new refrigerator and that I can stock it with yummy things (sometimes gaggy) to eat, to nourish my family. And that we can buy extra to give to those less fortunate.
Strangers Families in our town. With food drives at my children’s schools in full force, the kids lug in bags of non-perishable food items. Last year, enough food was donated to feed 200 families for a year. Maybe this year, collectively, we can help 250 families. Whether it’s donating time, giving money, donating food items, or simply smiling at a stranger and spreading good cheer, everyone may feel a little happier, more connected, and thankful.
My new refrigerator–now stocked with a turkey, Thanksgiving fixings, and ingredients for pies–is a symbol of so many things I am thankful for:
Children. Love. Health. Connections. Happiness. Nourishment. Family.
Maybe at the dinner table, I’ll be asked: Mom, what’s a crank call? What’s a phone book?
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!