SOOT IN THE FLUES


| November/December 1993



SOOT IN THE FLUES

Hi! to my precious friends in the IMA Family Can it be?? Another November/December issue, which means we can't be far from Thanksgiving and Christmas. But I realize while I am trying to make interesting conversation to you, many are still on the trails of the steam shows and enjoying your wonderful partners interested in the same hobby. Hope you have a lot of interesting stories and happenings of this past summer. Please sit down and write me. Even if you do not think it's worthwhile, it is, and I'm glad we made it as far as material for another year. But I have to keep reminding you I pray that you will sit down and write those letters you mean to write but keep putting off.

Since this is the Thanksgiving and Christmas Season, I'm going to give you a little remembrance of each. Here is a poem called Fill Your Heart With Thanksgiving, by Helen Steiner Rice; I'm sure that's a familiar name to you.

Take nothing for granted, for whenever you do,
The 'joy of enjoying' is lessened for you.
For we rob our own lives much more than we know
When we fail to respond or in anyway show
Our thanks for the blessings that daily are ours
The warmship of the sun, the fragrance of flowers
The beauty of twilight, the freshness of dawn
The coolness of dew on a green velvet lawn
The kind little deeds so thoughtfully done
The faces of friends and the love that someone
Unselfishly gives us in myriad of ways
Expecting no payment and no words of praise
Oh, great is our loss when we no longer find
A thankful response in things of this kind
For the joy of enjoying and the fullness of living
Are found in the heart that is filled with thanksgiving.

You know, we need to sit down now and then and read something like this to make us think on some of our past memories and of some things we can do for others in the future.

And a few humorous quips for the season: Thanksgiving is a day set apart every year to acknowledge God's favor, especially by parents whose sons have survived the football season. After Thanksgiving dinner, the man who has trouble making ends meet ought to get himself a longer belt. Thanksgiving is a day off that's usually followed by an off day.

An interesting communication comes from BARRY L. DAVID, 944 Woodlawn Ave., Everett, Washington 98203-3201, (206) 258-0460. Perhaps you will want to write him. 'In reading IMA, I've been very impressed with how helpful the members of the IMA community are to those seeking information on a related subject.