Sometime when I was in high school - I don't remember which year exactly and don't feel like looking through scrapbooks to try to figure it out - my parents made us go do service on Christmas.* We had to go down to the youth center and help serve dinner to a variety of individuals and families. I remember mom made me play Christmas carols on the piano. Santa Claus came and gave small gifts and winter clothes to the kids. I also remember there was a man passing through town and he reported he hadn't eaten in a few days. I remember he ate plate after plate after plate... and expressed his deepest gratitude with each bite.
To this day I remember that experience and often find it coming to my memory around the holidays. It is a nice reminder that my life isn't as terrible as I sometimes like to make it out to be and that I have so many blessings to be thankful for.
Since living in NC, Thanksgiving has always been an interesting endeavor. Often it turns out to be a reunion of other orphans and misfits**, but I've also been taken in by the Young's, and traveled to see the Duque's. Every year it's been a lot of fun...but this year, I'm looking for something different.
Mostly not in jest, I've been saying I was going to go to Golden Corral for Thanksgiving. I've been working so much that the thought of organizing a dinner doesn't sound like fun at all. I also don't really feel like asking up all my friends to see who's sticking around and slyly inviting myself over with nothing more than a contribution of some sweet potatoes. So that's where Golden Corral came in... an all you can eat meal, I'll make someone's day a little brighter by leaving a really big tip, and I won't have to worry about any clean-up or mass quantities of left overs of food (except pie... I love pie! There will definitely be pie making).
But while I was looking online to make sure the local Golden Corral was even open, I came across a website a link for the Durham Rescue Mission's Thanksgiving dinner. I gave them a call, and...
That's my plan. I'll be starting that day really, really early, but that's okay.
And if I don't get my fill of goodness***... I can still hit up a Golden Corral (or at least a Waffle House) and know that there will be a homemade pie at home waiting for me.
Feel free to join in.... service is always more fun with a friend. 919-688-9641 x 5025
*I think... it may have been Thanksgiving.
**None of us, of course, are really orphans, but I'm pretty sure we all fit in the 'misfit' category