Caregiving gives us needed perspective

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Americans had their big deal Thanksgiving kicking off the big holiday season of peace on Earth and good will towards men.

Now this big shopping starter called black Friday seams more important. I remember the first notable black Friday for me was in Ohio. Cabbage Patch Dolls were being relisted and it was a big deal as a Cleveland grandfather buying a scarce Cabbage Patch Doll for his granddaughter was roughed up by a mother.

Pilgrims had the first Thanksgiving and when Abe Lincoln made it a national day of giving thanks with the Civil War tearing up the country it was not for monetary reasons. It was a spiritually humbling day of thanking through enjoying the fruits of our toils, whether in the fields, factories or offices with loved ones and comrades. This was done with understanding, respect and love, yet I wonder how people see it now.

I’ve got experiences and creative notions with my efforts of artistic tributes to mankind which includes Thanksgiving. I started caregiving when age started assaulting my family’s perimeter. I did caregiving/art/writing while wondering why those who worked towards the golden years found themselves wrapped up with rusty years.

I have written positive anecdotes about dealing positively with the struggles of life, using experience and situations I’ve gone through. Yet, I find so many are not ready to look at the inevitable end with any positive perspective.

Perhaps what drives a mother to tear a Cabbage Patch Doll from a grandfather is what also leads people not to accept this. Because of caregiving I see we must strive towards sharing a sense of life and lose to help humanity grow. We must help correct injustices created by humanities driving need to win with profit.

I know that in that days coming all will know the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Jim C. Reilly


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