by Mary Wakefield Buxton
Urbanna, Va.— Today’s issue of the Sentinel is my favorite issue of the year because we express thanks for special people in our lives and community.
Tis the season when the carping, angry, ego-centric human brain that spends far too much time raging and ruminating about all the things that aren’t “fair,” “right,” “good,” “easy” or “pleasant” in life finally stops to reflect on life’s many blessings. Thanksgiving calls for those chronic iced complaints from incessantly yapping mouths to melt into warm waters of appreciation.
We think today of earlier Thanksgiving times for all cultures and races when our suffering ancestors throughout human history shared this same soul-cleansing metamorphosis: giving thanks and expressing appreciation for the gift of life, no matter what the difficulties, for no one ever promised us a rose garden. Today we can choose to walk the path of gratitude rather than complaint.
Let hearts today be filled with appreciation for this special community and people who live here. Oh, I suppose we aren’t perfect, that we could have flawed characters and personal failings, but we keep trying to improve our world and all of us can find some little way to help our fellow man.
Thank you Chip for being a good, loyal and supportive husband for 53 years. Thank you sisters, children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends for your love and kindness.
Thank you Trustbuilders staff for dedicating your lives to our firm’s cause and all your hard work helping our clients. Thank you all who go off to work each day to earn money to care for your families, pay taxes and serve others.
Thank you Southside Sentinel for giving citizens the opportunity to express opinions, and for producing a great little newspaper that provides news to the community each week. Thank you editor Tom Hardin for helping me keep my facts straight, Geanie Longest who handles the sale of my books, and Joe Gaskins for providing my column in “e” issues.
Thank you Christ Church for supporting your “writer in residence.” You haven’t always adored every story I’ve written but you’ve always supported me. I am deeply connected to my church and its pathway of tolerance, yet I rarely attend services. Our new interim priest, Father Stuart, recently said, “If you ever need me Mary, I will always be there.” That’s the splendor of religion.
Thank you Debbie Longest who helps me organize the “Pineapple Palace,” Jan who keeps my hair trimmed, Pete who faithfully collects trash in Urbanna, Sheriff Bushey and his deputies who watch over the county, and volunteers at the fire department and rescue squad. I especially appreciate Dr. Robusto’s good care of my husband, Dr. Cubbage who cares for me, my dentist Dr. Vogt and hygienist Renee, and Kris Scherrer who grooms my cocker spaniel, “Dandy.”
Thank you Christie and Kyle Jenkins who gave us their 8-month-old Brittany spaniel “Dasher” (a better name for this dog could never be found) whom we love dearly. He is now 2 years old. Whew!
Thanks to the post office that delivers mail each day and Bobby Wilson who helps me when my computer goes dead. Thank you Urbanna Market cashiers who pack my groceries in double bags when I shop on my bike so I can ride home with groceries intact. Thank you Delores at BB&T for the treats you give my dogs when I drive through, Beth and Judy at Virginia Street Cafe for those good lunches, and Dean, Robbie and Don at Eckhard’s Restaurant for all those wonderful Friday night dinners that recharge us after a busy week. Thank you Marshall’s Drug Store, Cyndy’s Bynn and Bristow’s Store where I shop, and Charles Bristow, especially because I haven’t needed his services yet.
Thank you to Cate Ogden, Marcia Jones, Middlesex Friends for Life, Maggie Gerdts and all dog walkers for making sure our homeless dogs get daily exercise. A person who will stoop to help a dog is the tallest of all.
Also, thanks to Mayor Hollberg and Urbanna Town Council for volunteering to care for Urbanna, and to the Middlesex Board of Supervisors, school board and all volunteers on public committees. Thank you Revere Gas, Dominion Power, Hampton Roads Sanitation District and all utility workers who ensure we have heat, power and water, and to Mr. Harrow who personally delivered an emergency refrigerator to my guest house this year the same day I called.
Thank you all farmers who work the fields and produce the food, teachers and ministers who help develop our young into responsible adults, and all volunteers and community civic groups that do so much good in our county—especially the Middlesex Kiwanis Club for sponsoring a great bus trip to see Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” at the Ferguson Center for the Arts last week. And thanks to Anna who teaches yoga classes on Monday evenings and Friday mornings at the Middlesex Woman’s Club.
The thank you list is unending and I’m out of room. Please, won’t you finish the list for me? Happy Thanksgiving!