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I'm a 50+ lady traveling the world, teaching English, trying new foods, and experiencing everything this world can give me!

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Daily Thought – November 26

Happy American Thanksgiving!!

This year has been tough on everybody, all around the world, so perhaps today is a good day to think back and be thankful for all the good things in our lives.

I am thankful for my family. My father and mother are both still with us, and despite the numerous health issues they both have, we are very lucky to still have them around. I am thankful for my siblings.

I am thankful for my children. And especially thankful for my beautiful grandson that greeted us this year.

I am thankful for so much this year, despite it being a rough year. There are always things we are thankful for, sometimes we just have to reach down inside us a bit deeper in order to find them.

Happy Thanksgiving and be safe this holiday season!

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Tales of a grocery store clerk – part 7

Christmas shopping has begun! People are lining up again here in Ontario to get their shopping done. And we cashiers are working as quickly as we possibly can, so please be patient!

At the store I work at, we have a donation bin, as well as donation bags pre-made that you can purchase and add to the bin. People have been so incredibly generous so far this year and it makes my heart warm knowing that there are going to be people getting donations for Christmas.

But then, there are those who just cannot see the good in anything. I had a customer who complained quite loudly to me that this year is not the year to be asking for donations. Too much has happened with Covid-19 that we should be thinking of ourselves rather than others. I politely kept my mouth shut, all the while thinking that no this is the EXACT time to be thinking of others who are less fortunate than we are. I have never had to use a food bank or get donations even when I was a struggling single mother of teenagers but I always knew they were out there if I needed them. I think the true spirit of Christmas is giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. I am pretty sure that’s what Christmas is all about.

I also had an incident with a customer who angrily tossed a box back at me (it was empty and did not hit me) but she was annoyed that it took me so long to get an answer on the price. Sorry, but again, I do my best to go as quickly as possible without messing up! Some people….

Anyway – I hope you are all well and enjoying the decorations going up around the world. We may be going through the holidays during a pandemic but that doesn’t mean we can’t still feel the joy of the season.

Black Friday and Covid-19

Being a Canadian, I have never really understood the fascination of Black Friday. Getting up at 4am to go shopping with mobs of people who have not properly caffeinated themselves and who all want the same thing. Fights, guns, and violence to buy a TV? Really? I don’t get it at all!

But now in the face of a pandemic, what will Black Friday look like this year? Will people be sensible and “smart” and stay home and instead shop online? Or perhaps, if they are not all on lockdown, instead of shopping at the big box stores, they could shop at a local shop to buy unique gifts this year? Homemade gifts are so much more personal. Perhaps take up a craft – there are so many YouTube videos out there to learn new things with. Bake a dozen cookies for each of your family members. Or perhaps prepare a meal for them to have over the holiday. Spending money is not necessary to make it a happy holiday.

And also remember – giving is supposed to make you feel good. So do something that not only makes THEM feel good, but also that makes YOU feel good. Spending a lot of money is not necessary to make ourselves feel good.

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