Just some thoughts:
On this Thanksgiving Day…thankful for a “Chance.”
I don’t know Rebecca B. Never met her. As an old friend of mine used to say, “I wouldn’t know her from a load of coal.”
In a previous “Just some thoughts” I referenced recently attending the Nashville Literacy Council awards dinner. In a book, In Our Words, that was given to those who attended the dinner Rebecca tells a bit about “her story.”
Her story is interesting but it was the last line of her story that really struck home with me. Rebecca came to America from Ghana three years ago. (One of the things the Council does is help many of these people beside learning English and to read is they help them become citizens.)
When she lived in Ghana she could not read, write or speak English. She now is taking classes with the Council, “The more help I get the happier I get.” Her words. She wants to get a driver’s license so she can drive to the job she has. She wanted to learn English so she could read to her granddaughter. Something I have so often taken for granted reading to my kids.
But as I said the last sentence in her story is what got me.
“I am thankful for my family, my friends,
my work and my chance to be happy.”
Thankful….for the “Chance.” Who ever says they are thankful for the “chance.” We Americans so often just take that for granted. I have.
How many of us have ever thought about that…thankful for a chance. Sadly some even feel “deserving ” or “entitled” to that chance.
For a chance, an opportunity, for a chance to be happy. A lady “thankful” for a chance.
November 28, 2019