What are you thankful for?

David and Rose Martin

What are you thankful for? Will you sign my shirt?

I admit I was a bit startled by the questions, and must have had a surprised look on my face as I was handed a blue marker. But this couple stood there looking expectantly at me, him with his arm held out for me to write on.

I wrote “my family” and signed my name on the sleeve of his grey sweatshirt, below another “my family” entry.

I had been walking around downtown Franklin, TN, taking pictures and enjoying the warm weather (66 degrees in November is hard to resist). I had hoped to find some inspiration for blogs, when David and Rose Martin found me.

They told me that they had been doing this for a couple of years, and go out at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and several other holidays. David explained that he felt called to pastor two small churches in nearby Murfreesboro and Rose felt called to encourage people through interactions such as ours today.

They told me they enjoyed helping people recognize and express their blessings.

I admit I left them feeling a bit lighter myself, a little happier, and definitely more grateful. Thank you David and Rose Martin – I am thankful for you.


15 thoughts on “What are you thankful for?

  1. What a wonderful gesture and to have all the messages to read. People, I believe, are inherently grateful … it just takes an occasion to have that feeling surge. Thanks for taking your writers eye to this story.

    • Love your description of them as elves. Yes, I think they are elves, and truly appreciate their dedication to bringing out the best in all of those they meet. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Thanks so much for posting this! I love courageous people that have nothing in it for themselves. I want to have dinner with these folks.

    • I agree! And had it not been for this class, I would have never followed up with them. Loving the fact that I seek out cool things like this now!

  3. What a lovely idea! Talk about making connections, and giving people something to think and talk about! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Good content, good writing, good image, and gives a good feeling. Thanks for posting this… it’s just as good the second day. Just like Thanksgiving leftovers.

  5. Carol, this really is a gem. THANK YOU!

    I love how you express gratitude for our BTMC class and credit the new perspective you’ve gained from it as the reason why you followed up with, as Laurie so aptly named them, the Thanksgiving Elves.

    I love the photo, too.

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