Monthly Archives: October 2010
Back in the day, when I was a child, Christmas decorations weren’t put out until the day after Christmas.
And, starting the day after Christmas, ads were sent around in the newspaper for the new toys (We didn’t have cable television, the internet, nor commercials every 2.5 minutes, when I was a child. There were some commercials, of course).
That meant that on Thanksgiving Day, loaded up with food, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television, this kid got whipped into a frenzy about the Christmas holiday.
When I was a child, this also meant that Sunday School class was about the birth of Jesus.
And of course, Christmas vacation was always something to look forward to, a nice long break during the cold winters of upstate New York.
It was also a time to make Christmas cookies with my family, and wait for movies like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Miracle on 34th Street” to be shown on television.
Local department stores were decorated to the hilt, BUT AFTER THANKSGIVING.
These days, Christmas cards are on the shelves before Halloween, for goodness sakes.
Retailers want every day to be Christmas.
I say NO CHRISTMAS CARDS ON THE SHELVES BEFORE THANKSGIVING!
NO CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING!
THANKSGIVING COMES FIRST, AND THEN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON CAN START.
Okay, I will stop shouting now.
I’m taking this next part from Joanna Jenkins blog The Fifty Factor:
Should you be as incensed as I am concerning Christmas schlock, [hitting stores way too early] please post a “Thanksgiving Comes First” entry on your blog. Write from the heart. Everybody who visits your blog will find out how you feel. My guess is they’ll agree with you. Perhaps they’ll also write about it, and so will their friends, and so forth. I hope that, if enough of us do this, we might make some small impact.
Please title your post “Thanksgiving Comes First“. If we all do that – use the same posting title – it will make a bigger impact.
If you wish to use the snazzy graphic at the top of this page, or any of the other original graphics here, either on your blog entry or as a semi-permanent graphic on your sidebar, please feel welcome to do so. I’d appreciate it. Having a visual symbol that folks see repeatedly would be a big help.
This will be my only post for this week.
I have worked for DESC since 2001 (and thanks to those who have asked; my job is not on the line this time. at least not yet :).
From the DESC website, here’s what DESC does:
“DESC opened its doors 30 years ago as an emergency shelter, a place for vulnerable adults living with behavioral health disorders and chronic homelessness to come in out of the cold for the night. Today our mission is not merely to offer shelter, but to end the homelessness of our community’s most vulnerable people, through an integrated array of clinical services and supportive housing that allows men and women to reclaim their lives and reach their highest potential.”
HOST case managers go out into the community and help people with mental illness.
They go where homeless (HOST clients are mostly single) men and women are found in Seattle–the hospitals, jails, alleyways and underpasses of this city.
HOST case managers are masters of the game when it comes to engaging and serving the poorest and most ill of Seattle’s population. They perform their duties with passion, humor, and a simple but elegant manner that says, “we care.” They don’t judge, they’re just there, with a new pair of socks and a place to come in from the unrelenting Seattle rain.
When you are homeless in Seattle and everything you own in the world is wet, a dry pair of socks feels like winning the lottery (or so I’ve been told).
You may have already guessed this, but HOST case managers have always been my heroes, for the above reasons.
Intensive case management services help our clients get benefits, medication, housing, and work. Jail and hospital stays are reduced, too, making this program a savings to taxpayers, in the long run.
I wish you could see the look on a person’s face on the day they get housing!
I wish I could tell you their stories, each and every one of them, so you could know what they have survived, and how they have survived, despite overwhelming odds.
I wish that I could take you on a journey of their hearts,witness their human failings, share their joys and countless losses.
HOST faces an 86% funding cut by King County, effective this week, unless we can convince King County to keep the HOST program intact.
The names and email addresses of the King County executive, the Director of Community and Human Services, and King County council members are included in the link above.
Please take some time to shoot an email to any of these folks, asking them to keep the HOST program. There’s a letter included in the link above, for your cutting and pasting ease.
PLEASE-Take some time to send out even one email, make one telephone call, as a favor to me.
I’m feeling a bit better today, still not 100% yet.
My laundry is just about done, cleaning as well.
Homemade garlic hummus is chilling in the fridge, muffins cooling off.
Now I’m going to watch the rain, watch Cake Boss reruns (thanks to On Demand), and rest up for another week of work.
Hope you are all having a great weekend.
I missed Jaxon’s birthday party because I still feel yucky.
Aspirin, decaf tea with fresh lemon, and rest seems to be helping somewhat.
My homemade chicken soup is also helping my sore throat.
I’m hearing that a lot of Seattle folk (including family) are sick.
May we all get better soon.
And I’ll be back later, I hope 🙂
I’m off to a birthday party tomorrow for my grandson Jaxon.
Seattle is expecting some wind and rain this weekend; be on the lookout for Gran Storm Central, complete with pictures!
And happy weekend.
Got my ticket today!