Well, the big night we’ve all waited for is almost here! Santa’s elves are loading his sleigh right now up at the North Pole and he’ll be hitching up his reindeer any time now. Have you been naughty or nice?
Last year on this day, Miss Terry made up a fresh batch of her delicious peanut butter cookies and left them out at bedtime with a big glass of milk and told me they were for the jolly little fat man from the north. Well, we were in Florida and we had driven down from Ohio a few weeks earlier, and that’s north, right? So could she really blame me for scarfing down those goodies as a midnight snack?
It was a little bit warmer yesterday, though not by much. Terry worked on her first project on her Ashford rigid heddle loom most of the day, and it looked pretty good to me. That pretty lady had a big smile on her face and was sure having a good time. I love to see her happy like that.
While she was doing that, I knocked out another 3,400 words on my new Big Lake book. I’m closing in on the halfway point and it’s rolling right along.
I’m a big believer in giving something back to society, and a lot of RVers we know have found many unique ways to do just that. Some are involved in service organizations like Habitat for Humanity, building houses for the poor. Some feed the hungry at soup kitchens. Others collect toys, books and clothing to take to orphanages in Mexico.
Still others volunteer at state and national parks, at historical sites, at museums, and on and on. I’ve even known RVers who walk dogs at animal shelters around the country. We all have our talents and interests, and no matter how much time we have available or what our physical limitations are, we can all do something to make this world a better place.
One interesting way to help make a difference was in a book I came across recently, titled Hey America Your Roots Are Showing, written by Megan Smolenyak, a professional genealogist who works with the Army’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), which is responsible for identifying the remains of American servicemen and contacting their families to arrange for their homecoming.
Through her work with the military, Smolenyak, who at one time was the chief family historian for Ancestry.com, came to realize that it’s not only the military that has a backlog of unidentified remains. Coroners offices in every corner of America have unclaimed people who end up in potter’s fields because their families cannot be traced, even though the deceased’s name may be known. So she helped form a group called Unclaimed Persons, which is made up of genealogists who volunteer to help research these unfortunate peoples’ family trees to find their next of kin. It something that anyone with an internet connection and an interest in genealogy can do.
Another interesting thing Terry and I do is to help people who are doing family research by photographing headstones in small cemeteries around the country for Find A Grave. People will list a name or names and the cemetery where they are buried, and volunteers find the graves and post photos of the headstones. It gives us an opportunity to get some exercise in the great outdoors, we enjoy learning about so many lives and the history of people in an area we’re visiting, and we hopefully we can help someone find their long lost relatives’ headstones.
Thought For The Day – Character is determined by how you treat those who can do nothing at all for you.