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Thankful Thursday

January 5, 2012

Like a lot of Washingtonians, I’ve been complaining about the cold this week. “It’s freezing” I exclaim, as I unwrap from layers of coats, scarves and gloves.

But every day, I walk by dozens of homeless men wrapped under blankets and sitting on benches. As I hurried home last night, ready to put on sweatpants and hunker down inside, I passed a mobile soup truck that delivers dinner nightly to a park near work — the line of men waiting for a hot meal stretched down the sidewalk.

So I’m thankful this chilly week for a warm, safe home — safety and privacy are two of the reasons some homeless people prefer sleeping on the streets to sleeping in a shelter.

I’m thankful for a bed covered with a down comforter — because a cot in a shelter is not a bed.

I’m thankful for warm sweaters, fleece-lined coats and enough scarves to clothe the Duggar family.

I’m thankful for a heated place where I get to work every day (and love what I do) and a sense of certainty that I’ll always have enough to eat — at a time when nearly 50 million Americans live in poverty (The poverty line is defined under the official measure as $11,139 for an individual, or $22,314 for a family of four.)

What else is there to be thankful for?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2012 7:57 am

    Add in good health, and I couldn’t agree more with your entire post!

  2. January 5, 2012 1:02 pm

    So true, Erin. Great post. There are some many simple privileges we take for granted every day that so many people would give anything for.

    As Shari said, I’m thankful for my health, in addition to my house, my warm bed and clothes, and enough to eat every day.

  3. Life's a Bowl permalink
    January 5, 2012 1:30 pm

    I am one of those Washingtonian’s who have been complaining :-Z After above average temperatures and not seeing a sign of winter, it’s finally come! Definitely puts things into perspective when you know that you have a warm home to go to and a meal to enjoy at the end of the day… Great thoughts and reminder!

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