By Dorrie Maynard
Well, it’s been a bumpy ride this year and still more coming and on the way! Not so sure a new president is going to bring the changes the world needs now, but we can hope and wait and see. That is all I am going to say about politics!
Who would have guessed that in the year 2020 we would see a global pandemic that has shut down whole countries and states? I have heard that November and December are going to the be even worse than anything we have experienced.
I am very prepared with my needs and the needs of my pets. I also have some to share with family members and friends, if necessary. I have always been some what of a prepper, I was always taught it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it! My ex-husband’s family motto was: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!” Guessing that rubbed off on me as well, even though I hate to admit it. I could never understand why he would have the soles of his shoes replaced every year instead of buying a new pair. I get that they were Bostonians and expensive from the start, but having the soles replaced wasn’t cheap either. When making any type of purchase, he would go to consumer reports and do his homework, he would only buy things that had high recommendations. He was about quality not quantity!
Unfortunately, I liked to have a lot of things, although I am learning the hard way! Less is more, especially these days!
When I bought my home 20 years ago, I loved its huge rooms and the sparseness. Today all the rooms are filled, as well as the large closets and many built-ins. I am trying VERY hard to let go of things, but it is a complicated process. Having 10 plus rooms with an attic, finished laundry room in the basement and a 2 car garage was a dream to me then. Now I just want something small for myself and my pets.
I used to love living in the inner-city, being so close and within walking distance to everything. Now I want space and silence! Sometimes I think letting the bank take my home in Vermont was the wrong decision; I feel like I should have sold the house on Fruit Street, saved the house in Vermont and moved there! I hate to look back and put pressure on myself for making the wrong decision. So I am just going to go with I wasn’t ready to uproot my life and let it all go!
With so many in need, this year especially, I am clearing and donating things that I know people can use. Items that I have held onto thinking I might need “this” some day. I guess if I have had it for years and haven’t used it or needed it, it can go to someone who does need it!
I am putting this out there to everyone that is struggling with my issue of letting go, there are SO many in need, it might be time to let things go! There are many places that can take donations. I work at Abby’s House, we are taking women’s clothing donations that are clean and in good condition NOW. We also take household items like pots and pans, linens, purses, dishes, etc. (please call first to be sure we are taking donations on that day).
The Mustard Seed soup kitchen, at 93 Piedmont St., is in need of warm weather wear for men and women in good clean condition. Net of Compassion is also in need of many items – they take furniture to help those who are starting out, plus household items, warm weather wear, etc.
Net of Compassion also runs Hotel Grace, a place for homeless people to sleep that is safe and warm, located 44 Vernon St. These are local non-profits that help those in need locally! To me that is always the way to go: help locally, think globally!
I also run a non profit that helps people with pets that are struggling – Central Mass Kibble Kitchen. I am always looking for pet food donations and/or money to help with emergency situations.
So, Rose asked me to write a Thanksgiving article … This is my Thanksgiving wish: I wish everyone who is in need, finds the help they need and that people donate locally and make a difference in the lives of those in need! Even though you may never meet or know the people you are helping, know that they are appreciative and thankful!
So many are struggling on so many levels, especially now during the pandemic and the uncertainty of the world and what we are up against. Please be kind and, even though it is hard to share a smile while wearing a mask, people can see it in your eyes or hear it in your voice when you just say hello!
Sometimes just that little connection can make a huge difference in the life of one person on that day! In these more than trying times, please try to find time to take care of yourself, your family and friends, and reach out to those in need.
I would like to end with: Even though this has been a difficult year for most, I HAVE been hugely blessed by the replacement of my boiler, a new, much needed roof and a water heater! I want to thank my family for graciously gifting the money to replace my roof. Every time there was an impending snow storm that predicted heavy snow, I panicked. I am so thankful and grateful for the love and support of my family!
Hoping everyone who takes the time to read this has a wonderful Thanksgiving and realizes there are many out there who are struggling and could use just a little help from those who care!
We are all humans and deserve the love and respect necessary to live our lives in dignity!
I can be reached at 508-798-7829, if you have any comments or questions.
Thanks, and be safe and well!