Remember those in need during the holidays

By Joanne Peterson | Dec 04, 2013

I’m still getting over the delight of the two separate Thanksgivings I celebrated last week. My son and family from Idaho were here for an early celebration Monday afternoon and evening at my daughter’s home in West Seattle.

I couldn’t remember the last time all of us were together. Sitting in the living room visiting with my son and my brother, watching the little ones play with their accommodating 10-year-old cousin, hearing the sounds of my daughter, son-in-law and daughter-in-law working together on dinner, I realized that I couldn’t stop smiling. It was a great time.

Aside from our Thanksgiving time at Lisa’s, though, the most fun my visitors from Idaho and I shared was in Edmonds that morning. Annika, her parents and I meandered along the waterfront and out onto the fishing pier. There’s always something amazing to spot in the shallow water along the pier, and this time the sight was a red jellyfish, probably 18 inches across—though it’s difficult to guess measurements of something that manages to appear so formless. Intrigued, we watched it swish along.

The next sighting happened after we walked further out on the pier. Suddenly a sea lion surfaced directly west of where we stood. He hauled his bulk far enough out of the water for us to get a good look, then continued on his angled course into deeper water, resurfacing frequently.

We were thrilled. Later we admired the bronze sculptures of the sea lions at the beach steps north of the fishing pier. What an amazing waterfront we have in Edmonds!

The second night of my Idaho family’s visit, we went to my brother Warren’s for dinner. He treated us to a grand array of Chinese dishes (from North China, at Westgate) and then Annika spent the night with me. (Her folks stayed at the Harbor Inn.)  In the morning, Annika offered to fix scrambled eggs for me, which she did most adeptly.  A wonderful time – I do adore that girl.

Speaking of kids, here I am asking for help again. Clothes for Kids needs clothing for children from kindergarten to age 18. What a unique resource for families throughout Snohomish County – the Clothes for Kids “store” at 16725 52nd Ave W, Suite B, Lynnwood, annually provides 4,000 children with school clothes. Kids who qualify for free or reduced lunches – or their parents – can get the required Requisition for Clothing forms from their school offices.  Suggested donations? New shoes, underwear and socks, plus new or gently used coats, jeans, sweaters, shirts and nightwear.

Let’s see to it that children whose families are struggling can “shop” (at no cost) for up-to-date clothing in the store environment of Clothes for Kids. (If you’d rather send a check to help out, that would be great, too.) Questions? Call the office at (425) 741-6500.

(By the way, my second Thanksgiving celebration was a traditional Thursday turkey feast at my cousin Carrie’s. That was a happy time, too.)

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