“Well? I’m Glad For All Yall”

“Well? I’m Glad For All Yall” 

Patty L Fletcher  –  November 9 2015

Thanksgiving that year dawned with all the excitement of cooking, cleaning and getting ready for the big day ahead. I was to celebrate with two families that year.

I would have lunch with my now EX fiancé Donnie, and his son, as well as a few friends, and then go to my father’s house for a celebration with my daughter, her new family, father, and my sister Mary. 

There was a new addition to the family this year, my very first Seeing Eye Dog, Campbell, AKA King Campbell as I’d taken to calling him shortly after his arrival in my life.

As I’d gone through the morning’s work of making what had always been my mother’s famous chicken and dressing recipe, and running up and down stairs, helping with various tasks, Campbell wagged happily by my side.

He watched with great interest the shredding of the boiled chicken which was to go in to the dressing, and thumped his tail very loudly and licked his lips  in appreciation when a piece “Accidentally” fell to the Floor.

Once I’d  finished with Donnie, his son, our friends, and our mid-day celebration which Campbell had participated in with much interest and enthusiasm,  I  was on my way to my dad’s house for the second meal of the day, and what I hoped would be an awesome visit. I’d chosen to leave Campbell at home in his crate, as he’d already had quite a bit of excitement, and what with my dad’s house being small, and so many people, I simply felt it would be too crowded for my big galoot of a dog to be added to the mix.

As I came through the door of my father’s house I called out, “Happy Thanksgiving! Where are my girls?” My two granddaughters came flying up, but stopped short just a few steps away. The younger of the two, grabbed my sleeve, tugging ever so slightly saying, “You didn’t bring any Campbell” My heart filled with love, at that sweet child’s words,  and as I gathered her in to my arms and took the older one’s hand, and continued in to the house,  I explained why I’d chosen to leave Campbell at home.

Later as we gathered round the table for our meal, I listened as my daughter explained to her oldest what it meant to be grateful. “It means being glad for something.” She said, as we all fell silent and clasped hands.  My oldest granddaughter only hesitated a moment in the silent’s and then as the room fell completely still she said in a clear sure voice,  “Well, I’m glad for all yall.” There was simply nothing else to say. As I reached for my napkin pretending to have something in my eye, I heard my dad whisper, “I didn’t hear her.” My sister who was sitting closest to him, repeated what the youngster had said, and as we began to pass the food, I felt that my heart would burst with love.

Now as I write, thinking of that day’s events, I think of her little voice chiming in to the stillness of that most awesome moment saying,  “Well? I’m glad for all yall.” And my heart is once again filled to bursting with love. 

I invite you, no matter how you celebrate, as we go in to the holiday season, be sure to count absolutely every moment spent with friends, family, and yes, even pets, as a true blessing. Don’t take even one second of those moments for granted, for none of us knows when it could be our very last moments with those who are special in our lives.

Anything can take these special ones away.

Sometimes even the simplest of things can go wrong in just the blink of an eye, and once they do there’s simply no way back to what you had before.

So, have  a happy holiday season, be glad for all those you have, and  from all here in the Campbell Kingdom, until next time this is Campbell and Patty saying,

“May harmony find you, and Blessid Be.”

About Patty L. Fletcher

About Patty October 2021 Patty and her guide dog Blue. Patty has her hair tied back in a low ponytail and rests her right hand on Blue's head. She wears a white shirt with a pink and purple butterfly on the front and light blue shorts. Blue is a handsome black lab. He wears a brown leather harness with a handle attached to the back and is smiling at the camera as he sits in front of Patty. In the background is a brick building with white, windowed doors and a flowerpot overflowing with pink and yellow blooms. Updated – October 2021 Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020, she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020, King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. In July 2021, she returned to The Seeing Eye® and was paired with a Black Labrador Golden Retriever cross named Blue. PATTY’S BLINDNESS… Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog. WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS… Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn. She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast. WRITING GOAL… Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled. HOBBIES… Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom. FAVORITE TUNES… Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country. FAVORITE READS… Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. SPIRITUAL FAITH… Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer. CONTACT… Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com Visit: https://pattysworlds.com/ And: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher As well as: https://www.amazon.com/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG
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