THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
Happy Thanksgiving to you! We finally have leaves falling and chilly days here and there so there ain’t no denying: the holidays have come to town! If you are a parade & early morning kind of person, head downtown to the annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade which starts at 9am. This week - and Thanksgiving Day itself - there are plenty of volunteer opportunities. Meals on Wheels, the City Wide Club of America, Operation Turkey, and the Houston Food Bank are all ready for your helping hands this week. Be sure to check out this week’s VIDEO PICK for a close-up look at the Houston Food Bank; they take volunteers 6 years old and up. I found a fun Thanksgiving game for kiddos to create at home and play this week - you can see my post about my art class with it here. And there’s one more thing I want to let you know regarding Thanksgiving. Our understanding of history is always evolving as new research comes to light and there has been much re-thinking and re-learning about that first Thanksgiving feast. I found this article which gives some great tips on how to frame a new vision of our fourth Thursday in November.
I recently had a fantastic time with my older son - we were on our monthly “Mom/Son Date,” something we’ve been doing since he was in middle school and now he’s 24, so it’s even more precious. I shared that idea with a friend and she vowed to start it with her kids. So I’m sharing that idea with you, in hopes that you’ll start it (or continue it!) with your kids, your spouse, your parents, your siblings. When we have regular commitments, we stay connected. I do a food date with my foodie older son and an art date (museum, theatre, movie, etc.) with my theatre major younger son. Find what you both like and enjoy it together! Something most of my family loves is board game night - we’ll be playing this Friday night. Maybe you will be playing games over the holiday too?!
My ADULT PICKS this week are a bit ethereal - about the transcendence of the sun and a talk on life, genetics, and evolution for everyday folks. I hope you’ll just go with it and explore some new topics! Further down is information about a holiday sale in which I’m participating - selling jewelry and other fun things. It’s on Saturday, December 14, noon-5pm at the Heights Ironworks and all the info is here. I hope to see you there!
I’m highlighting a different Houston-based nonprofit each week during November and December as a way to help those in need over the holidays. This week’s spotlight is the Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC), an organization ready to serve <anyone> in need of food and clothing. Since 1983, EAC has been providing food and clothing direct distribution services to the Houston community.