December 7th is always a strange day. On the one hand, I think of Pearl Harbor, the day that will live in infamy and how the USA got into World War II and all that that meant and all the lives that were lost on this day. My great Uncle was at Pearl Harbor. It was the signature event of his lifetime. His license plate even spoke of it.
On the other hand, I think of my adopted city of Milan which celebrates its patron saint on this day, Sant’Ambrogio. I lived in Milan for about 10 years so I got very used to its people, their culture, and habits. In fact, I feel like I too should be having a long holiday weekend as my friends in Italy are doing at this time. December 7th is also the start of Opera season in Milan at La Scala. It is also the opening of the ski season. I spent many a year skiing at a friend’s home in France. Those were the days…all in the before times. Now I’m thankful for health, family, friends, work and school. None of which can be taken for granted in this pandemic.
I’ve decided to highlight different charities on my blog for the month of December. I know we are all inundated with mailings but still, so many people worldwide need a hand more now than ever before.
I’m starting with one close to home, Feeding America, whose mission is essential to us all, providing food. I’ve been donating to this charity for 8 years.