Be sure to give thanks for the “little things in life”

Miami Times Editorial Department | 11/28/2013, 9 a.m.

If you’re Black and live in the U.S. on Thursday you’ll probably join millions of others who will eagerly grab a plateful of turkey, dressings, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, corned bread and sweet potato or pumpkin pie. You’ll probably try to eat early so that you can claim your favorite seat in front of a widescreen television and watch the parades and the endless number of football games — routing for your favorite teams. As the evening unfolds, those from the older generation will begin to tell tall tales to the delight of their children, grandchildren and other members of their extended family. Some will throw down in games of bid whist, spades and dominoes while others will relocate to more quieter positions where they’ll imbibe on their chosen “beverage.”

This is what Thanksgiving Day is all about — at least for some of us. But there are many, hundreds upon thousands, who have no idea where their next meal will come from — or when. For the growing number of homeless, helpless and locked out Americans, Thanksgiving is just like any other day. It will be a day during which they struggle to survive — a forgotten class in a land of so-called “plenty.”

That’s why we hope that instead of just celebrating the day in isolation, that you will do something for someone less fortunate. Make a call to a senior citizen that lives all alone and is probably eating a frozen dinner. Help a single parent with babysitting so they can get a few moments of rest. Go to a shelter or a church and serve a meal and encourage someone struggling with an addiction or an affliction. Take a trip to a local hospital and take some gifts to a children’s ward. Take time to reflect on all that you have and for which you should be thankful and then give thanks to God or to your higher power. And remember that if you’re alive there’s always hope — the sun does come out eventually and bad times don’t last forever. We just have to be a little patient sometimes. Happy Thanksgiving.