Minion Monday – Why I am not thankful.
I am of course thankful for a lot of things, my kids, family, friends and home.
I appreciate that I have good healthy food, that I have a warm place to sleep.
What I am not thankful for are all the kids who went hungry this morning. Kids who do not have a warm bed, or a family to cuddle with.
I am not thankful for all the people who are going to have to go to work on Thanksgiving day because others can not be patient to shop for 24 hours.
I am not thankful for all those same impatient people who take that time from their friends and family on the day they should be thankful. Choosing instead to go out and buy more things they will probably use once or twice and throw out, ignore, or let collect dust because it is more important to give many gifts instead of a few gifts that are well thought out and enjoyed. Things they might know if they spent thanksgiving home with their friends and family instead of shopping.
I am not thankful for the food that will be wasted, Thanksgiving day. Food that could be packed up and taken to shelters or shared with someone you know who might not have enough food for tomorrow.
I am not thankful for the people who will sleep in the snow tonight, and those who might just die from doing so. People who could very well be our kids in 40 years, when there is no place for an autistic adult and no parents left to care for them.
I want so badly to help all of those things not happen and I am not thankful that I don’t have the power to prevent all of these things.
That said. I am thankful for the fact that I can donate food to my local homeless shelter, as well as coats and blankets we no longer use.
I am thankful that I can share our less than gently used towels and blankets with a local animal rescue group.
I am thankful that I can send food home with my family and know they will eat well tomorrow, as well as share a bit with a neighbor who doesn’t get out as much as she used to.
I also will not be shopping on Thanksgiving, or on black Friday.
I will give fewer gifts and I will help each of my kids pick a gift to give to Toys for tots.
We may not have a lot of money but we have more than many others.
With Thanksgiving coming up there are a lot of sites and stories telling you why they are thankful. I am thankful. I just wish that more people where thankful for what they have, that they were willing to share what they no longer need, or give a little of themselves.
Being an autism mom is more than a full time job and I still find time to help where I can. We buy extra food and feed strays, we donate what we can’t use and every visit to our local store at least $5 worth of food goes into the food bank bin. It isn’t much but if it helps one meal for one family it is enough.
Oh and I am not thankful for pumpkin flavored everything.. just eww..