“It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears. It’s a world of hopes, and a world of fears. There’s so much that we share, that’s it’s time we’re aware, It’s a small world after all.”
And it has grown so much smaller in the past year, with more fear and lots more tears. I have heard on the news and read that so many people are feeling depression and desperation during this pandemic and as I look around me, I realize that my world is made up of three rooms in this big 15-room house — my kitchen and den and my bedroom.
I live within this confined space to keep myself safe from the “monster” that lives outside of these walls. My husband and I are both diabetics and we have to do all we can to protect ourselves.
Last year at this time, I was polishing silver, washing my good china, getting wrinkles out of tablecloths and preparing food ahead of a planned Thanksgiving with my children, grandchildren, my brother and sister, and anyone who happened by.
This year I sit writing this, trying to focus on the letters with tears blurring my vision and I am not preparing ANYTHING for this Thanksgiving because I have to protect us from the “monster.”
I know that there are others — mothers/grandmothers/ sisters/friends that walk in these same pinched-toe shoes and I cry for you, too.
Our plans are to eat Thanksgiving dinner with each other, praise God for this, and to visit in our car later on to wish our children a happy holiday.
Considering all this mayhem and disorder, please believe me when I tell you that my family, as well as you and yours, are extremely and truly blessed this Thanksgiving. We are well, we have food on our tables, we can talk and visit via facetime, and we are loved beyond measure.
I am absolutely positive that next year things will be different, back to somewhat normal, and our worlds will once again be a world of laughter and a world of hope.
Cornbread Chicken Bake
2 skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
4 cups crumbled cornbread
4 slices cubed day old bread
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 beaten egg
1 cup chicken broth
½ stick melted butter
2 t. rubbed sage
1 t. poultry seasoning
salt and pepper
Pour all into a 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.