Thanksgiving

By | Thursday, November 24, 2005 at 4:09 pm

This year has been a real roller coaster for me. I’ve lost what I thought was a stable job, was on unemployment for a while, and then ended up getting a great job as a PC Tech at a big hospital, then losing THAT job after three months. Both terminations were totally unexpected, of no fault of my own, and were both due to cutbacks and “downsizing.”

In addition to that, I’ve suffered another battle with a leg infection, which I had just recently won. But alas, a totally new infection has attacked my left arm, throwing me back into the same world of pain, hospitalization, doctor appointments, and antibiotics, both oral and intravenous. This time, however, I had to see a specialist (today), and he had to go in and dig out a hunk of infection from my arm (sorry to those who might be squeamish). It feels a bit better already though, and he said without cleaning it out I would have went through a never-ending series of IV antibiotics only to have the infection return again over and over.

So here I am, unemployed and in a great deal of pain, with the holidays fast approaching. Thanksgiving is tomorrow (actually it’s today, since it is now after midnight) and I’m just hoping that all of the tryptophan I consume tomorrow will help to ease the pain in my arm a little. But I’ll be fine though. I’m alive. And Thankful. For many things. And just to remind everyone of what the season’s all about, I’d like to post the lyrics to a Christmas song that came out a few years ago, which I really like:

The Christmas Shoes

It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Tryin’ to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing ’round like little boys do And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay I couldn’t believe what I heard him say
Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size

Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here”
He searched his pockets frantically Then he turned and he looked at me
He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes

So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out
I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said Mama’s gonna look so great
Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size

Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me just what Christmas is all about