Washington column for Nov. 18

Giving thanks for what you have

Thanksgiving was always a time when my family got together to enjoy turkey and all the trimmings.

The holiday can be a happy time for some and a sad time for others.

Every Thanksgiving, I guess you can say, I try to escape the preparations since the holiday is not the same without my wonderful mom.

Mom passed away on Dec. 3, 1992, and the holidays have been very sad for me since. It seems like since her death, family members have gone their separate way for their own family traditions.

Mom always loved to prepare the Thanksgiving dinner. She would have a table spread with food to feed an army and some left over.
I guess I have to say that I took things for granted and thought that mom would be there forever to plan those holiday meals.

We had a unique relationship and her death has left a giant hole in my heart and I miss her terribly. I have had people say time heals all wounds. I am sure in time it will.

This Thanksgiving when you are planning a meal and having the family over, remember that you never know when someone you love will be taken from you and you will never get the chance to go back and make things right so take this time to tell those you love how much they mean to you and be thankful for the time you spend together.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving service

The community Thanksgiving service will be held at the Flint Hill United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jennings W. Hobson III as the preacher for the 10 a.m., morning service. It is jointly sponsored by The Rappahannock Methodist Charge, Trinity Episcopal, Washington Baptist, First Baptist, Promise Land Baptist and Reynolds Memorial Baptist. Everyone is welcome. The day was set aside to pray and give thanks before we eat! Come and join us!

Celebrating caregivers

A new caregivers section opens at the Rappahannock County Library with a ceremony this Friday (Nov. 19) at 2:30 p.m.

Representatives from Aging Together in Rappahannock, the Rappahannock Caregivers Support Group and Culpeper Regional Hospital, plus County Administrator John McCarthy and librarian David Shaffer, will be on hand. Everyone is welcome and family caregivers are especially invited.

For more information, contact Larry Stillwell at lstillwell@agingtogether.org or at 540-675-2531.

Singalong at Trinity

Come join an old-fashioned singalong Friday (Nov. 19) at Trinity Episcopal Church starting at 7 p.m. Hal Hunter will be at the piano to accompany all your favorite tunes. Wine and cheese will be served. Any donations given ($10 suggested, or whatever you choose) will benefit the Rappahannock Food Pantry. For more information, call Kay Wilson at 540-987-9229.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Judy Alther of Washington. She celebrates her special day today (Nov. 18).