Sunday, December 1, 2013
Turkeys and Miracles: Sundays in My City
UnknownMami hosts this Sunday extravaganza. Visit her site here to visit the world. Thanks for stopping by. Welcome to Chico, CA, home of spunky turkeys.
"YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME?"
This sweet mother-daughter turkey duo stopped applying feathers to pose for a photo. Daughter told me it was her first 5K Run for Food. I shared that it was mine too...We waved at each other when she took a break after the first mile.
On Thanksgiving morn, over 5,000 people ran/walked to raise money for the Jesus Center, a community stronghold for over 30 years.
With every stride, my thighs felt like bricks, pangs of soreness shot up and down my calves, and my knees screamed for mercy. As I rounded the 4K mark, a man behind me told his child, "We're going to lift you across the finish line." I turned to see a young girl running between her parents, with all her might. I thought to ask if they'd kindly lift me too. But then he told his daughter that there'd be food at the finish line. I looked at him, shouted "Thank you!" and left that family for dust as I soared across the finish-line.
Given there was a time earlier this year, after major surgery, when the best I could do was walk to the corner and back, it's a small miracle that I was able to run a 5K. Moreover, I'm thankful to be in such a caring community that puts forth this effort on Thanksgiving. All told, money was raised to provide over 110, 000 meals to those in need.
Last night, friends joined me in a wonderful celebration of Thanksgivukkah, Hanukah's fourth night. We're grateful for light and all that it symbolizes.
Celebrate your blessings this holiday season.
Have a safe, peaceful, hopeful Sunday and new week.