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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2010 9 Just A Thought A Norman Rockwell Family Thanksgiving By RICK KRAFT As we gather together with family to celebrate Thanksgiv- ing, I' think of the world our par- ehts, our grandparents, and odr great grandparents grew up in. It was a time when a family get-to- gether meant only driv- irg across town. Now families travel across the country to share qnksgiving together. ',) As .I think of Tnksgiving this year, I 01ink of the Norman lockwell picture of the gyandmother leaning ovbr the dinner table in font of while grandpa i towering the platter with the large per(ectly roasted turkey to the table. All the hun- gry family members are smiling, aoticipating their home cooked turkey dinner. The artwork is called "Freedom from Want." There is nothing that brings back American nostalgia as does the artwork of Norman Rockwell. Mr. Rockwell started his career as an illustrator in 1910, the year Mark Twain died. He began his association with the Saturday Evening Post in 1916. There were still horse-drawn carriages on many American streets. As America grew and changed, Norman Rockwell was right there with her. His artwork spans the twenties, the thirties, the forties, the fifties, and even stretches into the sixties. I have a 12" by 15" hardback oversized book filled with 322 Rockwell covers. Looking through the pages of this book, I walk through a sim- pler time in our country. A time when kids had fun outdoors. A time when life was not so com- plicated. A time when a stranger was merely a friend you hadn't gotten to know yet. Comparing Rockwell's world with our world today, I wonder whether or not our Rick Kraft world is moving in the right or wrong direction. We are the first people to live in the world that we live in today. No one has ever lived who has faced the issues that we face to- day. In this complex "i-world" of satellites and cell phones, of terrorists and oil spills, of teen sui- cides and unwanted pregnancies, it is good that the Thanksgiving holiday has survived. Once a year we have the opportunity to gather together with those we love and to feast on good cookin' and to be thankful for what we have. Thanksgiving is a time to stop and be grateful for what we have each been blessed with. It is a time to have an atti- tude of gratitude. We don't have to look very far to see what each of us have been blessed with. One half of those living on our planet live off of less than a couple dollars a day. We spend two to three times that much on a cup of coffee or two Scoops of ice cream and we don't think twice. We turn a metal handle and can take a hot shower while ev- ery 21 seconds a child some- where in theworld is dying be- cause of a lack of fresh water. We hug our children and decorate their bedrooms while 143 million in 'the world are children without families due to war and the AIDS crisis. Many families have no homes, no blankets, no source of income. I am not trying to depress you, but to help you understand that each of you reading this, re- gardless of what you have or don't have is probably in the top 5% of the world in wealth. And whether you are happy with what Foster, adoptive parents needed in New Mexico Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. 5. Joir,us. fbr. an information meeting to be held th,is month of February in your area, Please call Ronny Diaz, CYFD Foster &Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visit us on the web at Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth Matthew ("Matt") Age 14 Grade 9 " Matthew, who goes by "att", is a young man who is v.y interested in finding a for- eter family. The workers on his cake are com- m-i.tted to lo- ci'ing just the right home for ha, as they si both his ire for an adoptive fam- iy and all of tla great tti, ngs Matt Matt Cited at the prospect of a family. He would love a home with a morn and a dad, and looks for- ward to one on one time with a father, building things, talking, and "just hanging-out': Wherr he talks about a mother, he hopes for one with love, compassion and understanding. When looking at not only the wants, but the needs' of Matt, an ideal family would be one with the time and energy needed to provide ongoing, con- sistent structure, compassion and boundaries. He would do well with other children in the home, although it is preferred he be an only child initially. Matt benefits from one-on-one educational tools in the school setting. He has really taken to school and has made friends in both the school and home settings. Matt has a brother with whom he wants to stay in contact, and his adop- tive family should sup- port sibling visits between them. For more information about adopt- ing or foster- ing through h, to offer. Mtt is rambunctious and spunky, the New aaysready withajoke, or some- Mexico Children, Youth and tg to make you smile. When Families Department, please visit agled about adoption, he is ex- " www.CYFD.or, or call 1-800- ", 432-2075. - :! ,i-j "! We Ilave a wide variety of you have or unhappy because of what you don't have, either way you have the same things. How you look at your world is merely the attitude you choose. Thanksgiving is a state of mind. It is appreciating all that you have, from family members to a roof oyer your head, from food to eat to a car that runs. It is appreciating a country that al- lows us the freedoms that wehave from our religious beliefs to se- lecting our leaders. It is being grateful for those who have gone ahead of us and paid the price and those who currently chose to put themselves in harms way so we can live in the greatest nation that has ever existed. Thanksgiving to me is to looking ahead to the day that each one of us will stand in front of God at the end of our years and to be able to thank Him for all He has blessed us with in the days we have had. Each of us has been so richly blessed. We don't need to look far to find these blessings. My challenge, hope, and prayer for you today is for you to have a good o1' fashioned of them "Norman Rockwell" kind. Don't take any of your Thanksgiving experience for granted. Enjoy the smell of the house as dinner is a-cookin'. At the table say your prayer and thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon you. Try some of everything, but fill your- self with turkey and dressing. Then eat some good homemade pie. Eat so much you have to lie down on the couch after dinner to recover. Treasure your time with your family members. If you can't be with your family, call them. Ei- ther way let them know how spe- cial they are to you. Who knows how many Thanksgivings you will have left together? Once you are together, have the older fam- ily members share some of their stories of the simpler days when they were young so you can pass these stories on to the generations that follow. Take time to count your many blessings, you will have a long list before you .are through-. : Just a thought... Rick Kraft is grateful for many things including being able to share columns with you each week. To submit comments, con- tributions,' or ideas, e-mail to or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, NM, 88202-0850. Callustoday 542.8705 Know someone wlLo coulduse a Sentimental Surprise? IJUST,.BE00UK 7; Tlorai ,Arrangements & Giftsl Free Detivery in As us about our Lordsburg! layaway program 2i4 E. MOTEL DRIVE IN LORDSBURG 5 4 2- 8 8 8 0 I A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy FREDDIE BARELA/Lordsburg The Dairy Queen  South Main Street, Lordsburg, mid-1970s Left to right: Freddie Barela, former USMC and New Mexico State Police (retired); Mike Helbig, USMC; Ana Campos, and Vicki Chavez. Remember the bell bottom pants from the 1960s and '70s? The Dairy Queen was owned by Bill Helbig, former USMC and Iwo Jima veteran, and his wife, Margaret (not pictured). Gov. announces help for domestic violence Courtesy submission Domestic violence programs around New Mexico recently re- ceived some good news. The Governor's Office announced to- day that $200,000 in stimulus funds will go to help domestic violence organizations who have been struggling to meet the needs of victims of violence and their children. Pare Wiseman i's ExecutiVe Director of the New Mexico Coa- lition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV), the organization which requested the funds on be- half of its 27 member programs. According to Wiseman, "This money comes just in time. The bad economy has really taken its toll on: domestic violence ser- vices. The need is up, the money is down. That's a recipe for hard times. " According to Wiseman domestic violence programs have lost, collectively, over 4 ML dur- ing the course of the past 3 years. "It's pretty scary", Wiseman said. "These programs are on a shoe- string budget. Yet they are always there for people who need them, 24 hours a day every single day." New Mexico domestic vio- lence programs provide a range of crisis and life saving services to victims of violence. A 24 -hour crisis line , shelter, longer term housing, advocacy, counseling for victims and children and ser- vices for the abusive family mem- ber are a few of the typical offer- ings. "I want to thank First Lady Barbara Richardson for her help in keeping these services open and available" said Wiseman. "She has been an incredible champion. She's made domestic violence prevention and inter- vention a priority-her priority. She helps make it possible for programs to do what they do. They are there for the families- she's been there for them. That works." Select Development is NOW HIRIN For Lordsburg Border Patrol Station Project Finish Blade Operators Wheel Loaders Excavators Water Pulls Grade Checkers Foremen Pipe Layers Positions to be filled immediately. Fax resume to Select Development at 520-574-0465