Thanksgiving followed our gala this year for the first time in four years. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is spent preparing for and readying our minds for the gala.
This year, Thanksgiving was spent with reflection and warmth. We traveled a distance to be with relatives and newcomers. It was a day where all were welcome. We had a newborn, an old-timer, and a refugee Kindergarten child.
This child struck a particular chord with our family. Kelsey prepped for weeks with items she wanted to give this young woman. However, no amount of preparation could prepare us for the reaction she had to Kelsey’s generosity.
A language barrier existed until Elsa came out of the bag. A crown was placed and the twirling began. Princess, we found, is a universal language.
Each bow, dress, clip, and doll were met with a smile. The child was beaming with happiness and the mother’s emotion was hard to contain.
‘Tis the season of giving and sharing, whether it is time, money, or gratitude. Kelsey saw clearly how to satisfy another’s need. We are grateful for the lessons she teaches us daily.
Some lessons come when least expected.