Today I ate humble pie. It was calorie free, and fat free, but very humbling.
For years, from 1984 to 2008 I owned a little beauty shop on the main street in my little Nebraska town. I was the female “Floyd the Barber” right on Dakota Avenue, the main street through town.
I was a young hairdresser, very edgy and I was good at my job. The majority of my business was teens, young adults, kids and families, lots of guys. I can talk anyones legs off so there was no awkwardness when you came in my shop. It was a fun place to visit. I was a busy hairdresser.
Every year on Saturday morning, there were people from the community from several service clubs ringing bells and stoping traffic for money to buy food for the needy for Christmas. It was then called Pete’s Feeders. That bell would ring and ring all day! I had a banging headache by the time I went home. I dreaded that day, I hated the whole process, I was young and too smart for my pants, and even drove the side streets to get away from these guys. And they were always laughing and having fun. This made me even crazier! Bah HumBug!!!
Well today I was served up some Humble Pie. About 5 guys from my community came driving up my driveway this morning with 2 boxes of food, including a turkey, ground beef, fruit and fresh vegetables, pantry staples, and canned goods. It was nothing short of a blessing! Those obnoxious bell ringers were bring me something I desperately needed. I am humbled.
Never in a million years did I think I would be among the needy. I see this in a whole different way today. I am humbled by the love and care of my community. It makes my road to health even stronger and more determined.
You can bet on the fact that when I am able I will be giving to Cardinal Christmas Baskets, in South Sioux City, NE Don’t be surprised if someday you see me ringing a big bell, with pride, on Dakota Avenue someday.
This is why they give, to see people like me get back on their feet, not dependent. I encourage you this Christmas to give. If you can’t give, and you are on the receiving end, be blessed and humbled, not a victim or entitled. Do what you can to get out of your current situation, be grateful for the help you got, and give back when you are able. Have a great weekend everyone and be blessed!