Sorry, still no Thanksgiving pictures. Aunt Sarah is under the weather and I am sure my Thanksgiving pictures are not high on her priority list seeing as she is sick in bed. I will have some up soon, whether they are Thanksgiving or something else. We got some great ones last night as the kids were joyously playing together - such fun!
Today, I am feeling down, lonely to be quite honest. A common feeling for me especially after all the hustle and bustle of family and holidays. We have had a good week - one creating memories as a little family, but still those feelings seem to creep in. Many days when I feel those oh so lonely feelings a person from my young childhood comes to mind.
Now, those of you from First Pres back in Atmore know who Mrs. Holmes was, but for those of you that don't, she was an older lady in our church. A widow. She was a sweet but very stern woman and helped my mother out from time to time keeping us. Now, let me just tell you that at the age of five, six, and even seven, I was not a fan of Holmsie - as we called her. She had cataracts, which means she had the big goggle glasses that made her eyes look huge. She was also not afraid to whip my little bottom into shape when I displayed my very bratty behaviour. Her famous saying as she waved one had and then the other was "If Missy (right hand) can't do it, Mossy(left hand) can!" then she would clap these two hands together. Darnit if it didn't scare me every time.
But one thing Holmsie passed on to me and to so many others was to do for others, especially when one is feeling a little down. When she would get lonely she would always get out some carrots and her grater and whip up some of her famous carrot raisin salad and take it to someone. She always told my mother that this was the way she took her focus off of herself and gave to someone instead - making herself feel better. Quite an exmaple and quite a legacy if you ask me. So, today, in my little self pity and lonely state I say thanks to Holmsie for the reminder to be thankful and when I don't feel oh so great, to find another soul to encourage, comfort or bless.