Just some thoughts:
These thoughts crossed my mind early this morning, as I sat by myself over early-morning coffee.
I believe most everyone owes a debt of thanks to someone, often someone we have never thought about. Have you ever had the urge and almost felt a need to say “Thank you” to someone you never knew or met and probably never will? That someone could have been so instrumental in changing your life path, and you never had any contact with them in any manner.
I feel there have been many people who were instrumental in my life and who I’ve never met or known, yet I owe them a “Thank you.”
I was born in a Florence Crittenden Home seventy-six years ago in a southwestern city in Indiana. Within a very short period of time I was placed in the hands of a social worker at the Crittenden Home, who then placed me in the home of a rural couple in their early thirties. They had just moved from the country to the city, along with their ten year-old son and they took in foster children. From about three months until I was nearly three years old, I lived with them. At about age three I would be adopted by that family.
I have often wondered about that social worker. How did she arrive at her decision to place this one where she did? Luck, mere chance or maybe more? What went into her decision to walk on that porch on South Fourth Street and tell them that the only thing she knew was the child’s name and then she handed them a bag with some diapers and bottles. What was her name, and what files had she read? Was this mere happenstance?
My curiosity peaked enough that a few years ago I tried to follow up, only to learn that Florence Crittenden Home in that city no longer existed. It had burned and I was told that no files remained. I was able to get access to some of the social workers files from the Vigo county courthouse, papers and read of home visits and other matters regarding my placement.
What this process has taught me is that there are people in our lives some maybe that we may have never met, but they are owed a thank you. So, if a person believes in prayer, maybe a prayer of thanksgiving is in order; or a “thank you” to all those folks who will never have the opportunity to hear it directly from you.
Is there someone (s) in your life that you need to say a prayer of thanks? That probably is the case with most all of us.
How about you? Any belated thank yous’ owed from your life?
May 26, 2011
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