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Paying it Forward

We have so much to be thankful for.

Even the chestnut-backed chickadee is thankful for the sunflower seeds that are left behind once the sunflowers are finished.

If only the dinner plate were not upside down.

“That’s okay,” he says, “I can be an acrobat and reach around to get the seeds on the other side.”

Out in nature, the little animals have struggles with food and shelter. But what about people? Are we struggling too? I think many of us are, and not only about food and shelter.

This has been a very trying year for us all. Hard times due to the coronavirus have touched most of us in one way or another. Politics has driven a wedge between longtime friendships. The threat of shutdowns and economic upheaval have us worried about shortages of basic supplies, especially food. Social distancing has kept family and friends apart.

Trying times, for sure.

Certainly we need to think about our welfare within our household, but as we look after our own mental and physical health, it would do us good to lift our heads and look around at the connections we have with our community and friends.

How long has it been since you did something good for your friends or neighbours who are also struggling with these same issues?

Have you asked how they are managing? Whether they need anything that you can help with? Sometimes just a friendly word or moral support goes a long way.

If social distancing keeps us apart physically, why not make an effort to be in touch by phone or email, or even across the fence?

We have been very lucky to have a good health care system, good food and plenty of it, and many modern conveniences to make our lives easier. But I feel as if the social fabric of our families, neighbourhood, community, and country is threadbare to say the least.

They say “it starts at home,” so why not hug someone in your socially distanced bubble for a start? Let’s take care of our families.

What about those close friends? Neighbours? Colleagues from work? When did you last speak to any of them and let them know you care?

Have you noticed that many drivers or pedestrians in crosswalks are selfish and rude? I have. Why not set an example with considerate behaviour ourselves? Pay it forward and hope it spreads like the virus.

We have so much to be thankful for, but on this Thanksgiving Day, I thought it would be good to consider not only our own food and comforts, but to think about doing our part to begin rebuilding the mess the world is in. We can only do this one small step at a time. Yes, it starts at home. Go pet your dog or cat or feed your backyard birds. Then look around you for the next step. You’ll know it when you see it.

Think positive thoughts and do something good. Repeat as necessary.


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Table for One

With the coronavirus rampant, the rules for dining out have changed. I’m waiting for my meal to be served, but am keeping well away from Anneli, my waitress, while she brings my daily breakfast of sunflower seeds.
I hate to do this to my girlfriend, but we just can’t share a table anymore – not until this pandemic blows over. For now, it’s a table for one when I eat out.
Okay, I’m ready to eat. Hope she’s more careful today. She puts the seeds in a little jar, but she always ends up spilling some. What a waste.
HEY! Stay away, Della. Don’t you know the rules for social distancing? That counts especially here in the restaurant. We don’t want to get closed down here too.
Okay, dear, just keep calm. Stop your scolding. I’ll make sure to save you a few sunflower seeds.
Now, where was I? Oh yeah. I want to thank you bloggers for watching this video I’m featured in. Thank you for your patience.
Now if you’re ready, I’ll show you how to peel a sunflower seed without fumbling and dropping the seed inside. Heck, I’ll even show you how to do two at a time, and in record time. Watch carefully.

Thanks, guys! Now why don’t you go over to Anneli’s webpage and check out her great West Coast novels and her copy-editing skills at www.anneli-purchase.com