Thanks for the big and little things

This is the time of year people speak pretty freely of their blessings. I’ve heard a lot of talk this week about being grateful for family and faith and friends and health. Those are the big things and I’m thankful for them, too.

But let’s not forget the little things.

Many times, in the course of any given day, I find myself uttering under my breath, “thank you Jesus,” over the most mundane little things. Sometimes it’s when the light turns green when I’m running late and really don’t have time to stop. Sometimes it’s even a long ago memory that pops up to make me smile and to make me grateful.

Let’s take cranberries for example. I LOVE them!

When my brother David and I were the only two of our four siblings left at Russell (N.D.) School, I’ll never forget that the hot lunch cook gave me David’s cranberries when we had turkey during Thanksgiving week because he didn’t like cranberries. Still doesn’t, I don’t believe. When I picture that scene, I still see that long ago lunch room and sweet Alice, the long ago cook. It makes me smile and grateful to have been at that place at that time in my life.

Here’s a more recent example of a little thing: I love and am grateful for a bargain and I have just found a couple of good ones. I find it pretty hard to be on the south end of Grand Forks and not stop at the Easter Seals Goodwill Store. It’s there I once found the cover to an old piece of Tupperware I’ve had since the 1960s. Somehow the original cover had gotten lost and I really missed it. Well, there it was in the kitchen department at the Easter Seals Goodwill Store. I’ve been forever grateful for that find.

I’m grateful for thrift shops so that the people who no longer have a need for something can take it there and someone else can put it to good use.

On a recent trip to the Easter Seals Goodwill Store I happened to mosey over to the men’s department as one of our sons is a teacher who needs to look professional in his classroom. In that corner I hit the jackpot.

I found not one but two wool sport coats that are like new for $5 each. The icing on this cake is that one is from the former Silverman’s store that for many years was located on Third Street in downtown Grand Forks in the vicinity of where Town Square is now. Seeing the Silverman’s label brought back the wonderful memories I have of taking my boys there each fall to buy their school clothes.

One sport coat is a dark gray and the other a light gray tweed. To make this an even sweeter deal, one label reads: “Crafted in the U.S.A.” and the other says, “Made in the U.S.A.”

Doesn’t get much better than that!

Wait there’s more:

At the Easter Seals Goodwill Store I also found 100 percent silk ties to go with each coat. I found a Geoffrey Beene made in Italy and a Clubfellow made in the good ole U.S.A. — $2 each.

One tie is the color of cranberries so if the chef at my son’s school happens to serve cranberries anytime soon, and that teacher son of mine spills on his new/old tie, no one will ever know.

It all boils down to this – if we but look around us, abundant are the things for which to be thankful for, be they ever so mundane.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Until Soon

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