In a week where Thanksgiving is oddly juxtaposed against rioting in Ferguson and cities across the country triggered by manufactured racial outrage, it’s easy to become cynical and lose sight of the real meaning of this day.
Thanksgiving is not just a day to stuff ourselves and then go camp outside our local malls for Black Friday (which, by the way, has nothing to do with slavery or racism, despite what memes are floating across the Internet right now).
Thanksgiving is a day on which Americans are meant to reflect on all that they have and be grateful for all the blessings in our lives.
In that spirit, I’d like to offer the story of Kayla Montgomery, a young lady who exemplifies the spirit of those things that are good and noble in this world.
Kayla was an athlete in her early teens when she first noticed a strange tingling in her legs after a soccer competition. What her coach at first thought was exhaustion turned out to be the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Four years later, Kayla — whom her coach described as an “average at best” athlete at the time of her diagnosis — has become one of the top distance runners in her state.
It’s a feat that’s made all the more remarkable by the fact of her condition, which flares up as her body temperature rises. What that means is that when Kayla runs, her legs go completely numb, starting from the toes up. By the end of a race, she can barely stand, yet she always manages to finish.
So here’s the link to an inspiring video, narrated by Tom Rinaldi, who is a far better storyteller than I. Share it with your friends and family.
And have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.