I Never Even Knew

On Sunday November 23rd- Tammy Heflebower gave a very moving testimonial about Paris Elementary and the Thanksgiving basket ministry. Part of her testimony was from when she was in college and had to do a project about families that received food stamps. Basically the project was how did a family buy groceries when they received $18 dollars a week. I sat there and thought how in the world could they do that? Well that was the point, they couldn’t. Very moving, very thought provoking.

It got me thinking about some things in my childhood. My dad passed away when I was eleven, I am one of seven kids- number 5 in the food chain. When I was in elementary school, I used to wash the tables after lunch. In return I got a free lunch from school. I never knew…….

I would scrape the food trays in the kitchen – for a free lunch. I never knew…….

I never knew what I didn’t have. When I look back on those days, I remember them fondly because the lunch ladies were so nice and I felt important because they knew me by name. They gave the kids in the kitchen extra items for helping. I never knew …….

I never knew what I didn’t have.

Thinking about all the stuff we have... What are we really thankful for ? What are our real blessings ?

For me being reminded that I had a hot lunch, when my mom did not have the money for lunches. I am thankful. I have never gone to bed hungry, or wondered where my next meal would come from. I have always had clothes that fit, maybe hand-me downs, but I never knew…..

Tammy’s story touched me, touched a corner of my heart that I had forgotten about.

We have so much- we want more….. we have all we need. I never even knew.

May you have a blessed bountiful Thanksgiving. Surround yourself, if you can, with those that you care the most about. Share stories. Have a “ I never knew “ moment.

 

God’s Blessings,
Maureen Herzog


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