Martin Luther King Day of Service

My first thought for a blog today was to play off of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words – his famous “I have a dream” speech. However, I learned that the King family has copyrighted ALL of his words (and become quite litigious in enforcing that copyright). Now, I doubt that my little blog would come to their attention and incur their wrath, but why risk it. So, I guess that leaves me with the conundrum of what to blog about today.

So thinking of the holiday itself, I did a little research and learned that it is now supposed to be the Martin Luther King Day of Service. I guess I didn’t get that memo. But isn’t that a nice thought? We can never be too nice to our fellow human beings – race, religion, politics, or views aside. I don’t think you ever regret being nice to someone else.

We have an elderly neighbor. She is sweet, petite and lonely. We met her shortly after moving in and drop in to visit with her on a regular basis. We’ve invited her for dinner a few times, but it never quite worked out for one reason or another, so we started taking her over a plate of food at dinner time once or twice a week. She is always so grateful. It takes very little effort on our part, but it means a lot on her end. At Christmas time we heard from a couple of her children. She has told them about us and they have been thrilled that someone close by is checking up on their mom. We were actually surprised by their response – not because we didn’t think what we were doing was valuable, but because we really didn’t consider it at all.

I’m not posting this to toot our own horn, only to illustrate how easy it is to care. What will you do today for your Day of Service, and just as importantly, what will you do tomorrow?

About Mary Ellen Bramwell

I am an author, wife and mother.
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