Just made it and close to the wire! Well, I have been a little busy (a little whine here). I happen to be the new neighbor, and it is really fun. The finding things is so-so, but meeting new people and closing in on a real moving day is.
Some of the furniture isn’t in yet, so we’ll finish up soon.
Other things: One of my greatest pleasures in life is meeting people. I have been told that I would like to interview the devil if I could. In my past experiences, I’m not too sure I haven’t!
Anyway, people have been so kind to us, and made us feel welcome. My dear neighbor brought a frosted cake for all our family as we worked. It is really fun.
We are close to one of my favorite holidays. Thanksgiving is the last week of the month, I noticed. More time to spend thinking of invitations for gatherings and perhaps inviting someone new to join you this year.
Each one of us has a story to tell, and these meals can be so interesting. Any question will start a conversation. Where did you grow up, go to school, favorite pet you had or have?
Of course, these are for new guests or those who have been invited to join you by other members, which is a good idea as well. It is OK to ask family members curiosity questions, like favorite teachers, or one the best times they had growing up. Now, don’t be crushed if you are not in the great memory!
Let us take time, now that the leaves are saying goodbye and it is much cooler, to gather our thoughts for moments of gratitude. We have so much freedom — to gripe at the government, gather our families, and know they are safe to gather as well.
Remember, some people in this world are not allowed to see or be with their families! Our stores are full and most of us have plenty to share with others who need our help.
Go and share your bounty and, of course, that is kindness. Thank you all.
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