long ago, i listened to my late brother tell a story that i will not forget. it happened on thanksgiving day a long time ago in bethel.
my brother larry said as he was going to the A.C. store in bethel, he happened to see this very poor man that usually hung out in the A.C. porch. i don’t believe this man was homeless, but he was usually very dirty in appearance and looked the part of a homeless man.
anyways, my brother, who had a big heart, felt for this man on this thanksgiving day (as you all know, this is a day when most families enjoy a big turkey dinner and all the fixings in the company of each other).larry told the poor man that he’d buy him a dinner at this restaurant connected to the store. the man was happy and agreed to the thanksgiving dinner and followed my brother into this restaurant.
apparently, the staff at this restaurant did not approve of the poor man’s appearance and asked the man to leave. my brother tried to explain to the staff that it was thanksgiving and that he wanted to buy the man a dinner. the staff at this restaurant stillwould not allow the man in their restaurant. disgusted, my brother and the man left this restaurant. i believe my brother ended up buying the man a to-go dinner at the store.
this story on this thanksgiving day told me a few things about my brother larry and also reminded me that we live in a cruel world. my brother didn’t have a car, he didn’t have a whole lot of money, but he had heart. my brother gave selflessly to others and tried to do what was right.
thank you, larry, for reminding me of the beauty of giving. happy thanksgiving.
“you make me a better inuit!….you have a clear idea of your values. You walk your talk. You do what makes you happy, you hunt eat talk and live like a modern inuit!”—mikisoq, strong inuit man and filmmaker, from nuuk, greenland
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”— Michael Jordan (via justojusto)
obesity and diabetes are a growing problem in america. alaska too. bush or rural alaska. you can look up ‘county by county’ numbers by looking on the cdc website.
in southwestandnorthwestalaska, obesity rates are very high. too high. according to the cdc, in 2007, approximately 31% of adults in southwest and northwest alaska, aged 20 or higher, are obese. http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html#Race
bottom line, the number of fat and obese eskimo people is growing. motivate others. inspire others by your own actions. challenge others to live healthier. encourage healthy eating habits. enable others to exercise.