BLOGMAS 2021, Day 4

“It is more blessed to give than receive,” and the spirit of Christmas involves giving.

We ended up being blessed today as we invited an Afghan refugee family and their friends/helpers into our home for lunch today. The man, an interpreter for the US Marines in Afghanistan, his young pregnant wife and their son left Afghanistan with only the clothes on their backs. We went through our house, giving them furniture that was extra, household goods (We had many duplicates), and clothes we didn’t need (Who needs five pairs of shoes?). And My Better Half said he didn’t need 12 short sleeve shirts or five long-sleeved ones (Ali is the same size as he is). I had fixed lentils with no meat for the Muslims, and the other two men helping them had sausage rounds added to their bowls. We had an SUV and truck filled with furniture, and bags and boxes of things we were willing to share leave our house around three that afternoon.

I was interested that these Muslims celebrated Christmas–the secular parts of it: trees, Santa Claus, candy canes, etc. We shared our decorations and Christmas wrapping paper, etc. as well.

Their friend, a retired Marine, who has helped many refugee families told us almost the entire apartment building this couple lives in houses refugees from all over the world. He helps many families regardless of their home country, religion, etc. What a blessing he is, and what an honor it was for us to meet him.




Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

4 thoughts on “BLOGMAS 2021, Day 4”

  1. I will never forget 2017 when a family of my cousin took me in for a few days during Hurricane Harvey. How wonderful it is that you can share what you have. I’m sure your guests, as well as you and your better half, have been blessed by the experience!

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  2. A Beautiful story and experience for you and your husband. I am teary knowing how much they need and what just one couple can do to help. You and you better half are an inspiration and a blessing Rae. 🙏🤗❤

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