Each Life That Touches Ours For Good
Each life that touches ours for good
Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord;
Thou sendest blessings from above
Thru words and deeds of those who love
This Thanksgiving I invite you to step away from the kitchen, and take a few moments to reflect on some of the wonderful people who have touched your life. It seems fitting for us to take a moment and give thanks for precious friends and family who have shown kindness and generosity. You know the ones who could make you feel better just by being there? The people in your life who helped show you the way, or taught you something that made all the difference? This could be a very, very long list. I’ll go first.
Mrs. Angleton was my fifth-grade teacher. Well into her sixties, she had a contagious love of books and learning. More importantly, she taught us what it means to have integrity. She made us believe that we were better than we were, and we wanted to succeed just so we wouldn’t let her down.
Enid Leidline taught me piano lessons. She had a special patience for kids like me who weren’t very good. She had numerous dogs, cats, birds, and a big salt water aquarium full of fish. She never had children of her own, but cared for both her mother, and an elderly grandmother for many years. Her house was full of wise gray-haired women, and animals, and music, and neighborhood children. There was a goodness about her that I’ll never forget.
And here’s a thank you to my aunt Cindy, who is 10 years older than me. When I was five, she was the cool teenager with hair to her waist, driving me to the pool, blaring Neil Diamond on the 8-track player in my mom’s car. She pierced my ears that summer with a sewing needle. I felt so grown-up! When I was older, she gave me advice about boys, and a purple leather jacket handed-down. She was there for me when my parents split up, and then got back together again. She’s always been like a big sister, believing in me. I’ll love her forever.
Your turn! Feel free to name names!