Seniors distribute prayer shawls

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By Ruth Fort

The Crochet Ole members of the Mora Senior Citizens Center  recently traveled to Vida Encantada in Las Vegas to visit the clients and staff.

As they visited with the clients, they lovingly placed prayer shawls on their shoulders and gave them a hug and showed love and concern to the grateful folks. As they visited, they read the prayer attached to the shawls for each person.

There were smiles and some tears as the folks pulled the shawls closer. The club members gave out 27 shawls to the women and some of the men who also appreciated the gift.

The Crochet Ole Club had been working since October to make all of the beautiful colorful shawls. Each person chose the colors and design after the teacher, Carol Westfall, instructed them the basics of making a prayer shawl.

She also supplied the beautiful prayer written on an attractive card to go with the shawls.

Eatery offers turkey meal

This is the fourth year for the Customer Appreciation Thanksgiving Meal served by John and Phyllis Martinez at Cowboy Kitchen in Mora. Each year they serve the traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey and all the fixings. Many people take advantage of this meal and enjoy the company of their friends and neighbors.

There are usually around 100 people who come to this affair. The staff this year, including John and Phyllis, are the efficient waitress Cecilia Romero and the helper in the kitchen, Rayes Berg.

Others who served the traditional dinner to their members and friends were the Mora Valley Baptist Church and  School, senior citizens and the Jicarita Cluster of Churches.

Holiday’s reason stays the same

Thanksgiving has just past and now we look forward to the Christmas holidays and all of the activities that go with it.

In the past, we spent a long time cooking at home and planning for the time to go to grandma’s house, join the rest of our relatives in a big feast and time to visit and play with cousins. Everyone brought their favorite dish to share and to show off what good cooks they were. They  loaded up all of the kids and the food in our old cars and traveled the few miles to grandma’s and grandpa’s house. Everyone was dressed in their best clothes to be sure the city kids in the family did not look down on them.

Our parents used to go to grandma’s in the sleigh as the song of “Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother’s House We Go” says. When we think of that, things sure have changed in the past century. Now people travel long distances to get home. Some fly across the country; others drive for hours and long distances.

There is still that desire to be with family to give thanks and enjoy the traditional meal. Yet  some folks eat out at the casinos or restaurants to avoid the long hours of cooking because both parents work until late Wednesday night and have to go to work Friday or get up at 3 a.m. to shop on Black Friday shopping day.

 There have always been those who feed the lonely and poor in their homes or in a facility for the homeless and poor.

This year, there will be people working to see that everyone has a good meal at a facility rather than with family at home or far away.

Some agencies give out food to be sure no one goes with out food.
Even though our traditions and ways of celebrating have changed somewhat, the reason for the Thanksgiving holiday still exists as we give thanks for all of our blessings.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may  be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.