Enough is as Good as a Feast

December 1, 2011 at 2:12 am 2 comments

Mary Poppins said it best when she declared “enough is as good as a feast.” While I don’t have her lovely British dialect or her perfectly proper hat (though she did call me to say she wanted her oversized purse back,) I couldn’t agree more with Mary Poppins sentiment! This Thanksgiving as in previous years, I developed an emotional appetite and a gritty hunger to reexamine both the Thanks and the Giving in my life.

If you will indulge me, I would like to announce with sheer conviction, that Thanksgiving is unequivocally my favorite holiday of the year! There, I said it. And this year, Thanksgiving seemed to float in like a gentle breeze and rush out in a whirlwind, leaving behind amazing new memories and scraps of leftover turkey, pumpkin pie slices and string bean casserole. I guess what I treasure most about Thanksgiving is that it is the one holiday, the only holiday, that is not about the presents but is about the presence of loved ones!

It’s a time that my loving heart seems to expand to even larger dimensions to accommodate the pulsating joy that beats with precision as my home is returned to its natural state of happiness ~ having all three of our children under one roof at the same time. Cozy and crowded around our kitchen table for hours at a time catching up, talking and laughing. Spread out across our worn in sofas, legs draping over one another, sharing fuzzy blankets. Up all night engaged in junk food frenzy’s and movie marathons. Playing touch football with an occasional tackle to the ground. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade while scarfing down pancakes. For this I am deeply grateful.

The celebration continues as our multi-cultural Thanksgiving Day is shared amongst three amazing generations from ages 82 years young to 2 months old. Representing the globe is Honduras, Ireland, Russia, Cuba and America. I like to refer to our family as a mixed blessing. While our family trees have grown on separate lands by chance, our branches have intertwined by choice and we share a deep rooted love, appreciation and respect.  For this I am deeply grateful.

As I strive to balance the scales of being thankful with the scales of giving, I am inspired by Winston Churchill who so eloquently remarked “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Thanksgiving is a celebration of the harvest of the crops. Of greater significance  is the act of planting seeds of compassion, generosity and altruism. It is these seeds of greatness that will grow in abundance and satisfy even the most insatiable emotional hunger. After all, it is the kindest of humans that contribute to humanKIND.

I would like to dedicate this blog to all of those who have championed to improve the lives of others. To Renee Herman and the heroic participants of The Harvest Food Drive 2011 (www.harvestdriveflorida.com) now in its 19th year for remarkably feeding 2,000 families during Thanksgiving and the week following. The Harvest Food Drive continues to put the GIVING in ThanksGIVING. For this I am deeply grateful.

Now as the next set of holidays frantically approach and we’re about to prepare more stuffing, let’s first think about stuffing our cars full of canned goods and holiday foods and donating to a neighborhood food drive. Before we dress another turkey, let’s go through our clothes in our closets and donate to a local shelter. Before we gather around our table holding hands with loved ones, why not lend a helping hand at a nearby soup kitchen. The holidays do seem like the perfect time for giving. But in order to “be the change you wish to see in the world”  as Gandhi empowers, giving any day of the year will serve as the greatest gift of all. No wrapping necessary. Happy Holidays and I wish you enough… because  enough is as good as a feast!

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  • 1. Marilyn Bonilla Krantz  |  December 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Jayne, I always love reading and sharing your sentiments! Thank you!

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  • 2. jaynebonilla  |  December 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    jayne,
    as always, your words flow so beautifully & you can tell that lots of love fills each and every word!
    we know that you’re counting the days until “all your chickens” are back in your roost…as we are looking forward to rachel returning home for the winter break!
    hoping to “carve” out some time for us all to be together between christimas, hanukkah & new years eve!
    lots of love,
    marcy & scott

    Reply

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