Songwriters Edward Pola and George Wyle might need to be research. But, when we do, we find those were the duo who penned and then hummed a tune recorded in 1963 by the incomparable Andy Williams which is making its welcoming listening pleasure so timely. The song? It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year. Here we are, the cursor to the Holiday season, and one of the year’s most poignant time — if not the most poignant month — November. So, perhaps: if the two calendar pages overlap Mr. Willliams song is the perfect sandwich filling. Turkey? Not yet.
So, let’s take a bite or two and then thoughtfully digest how, with four weeks left in 2022, this time is a gift to the David Foster Foundation.
November: the 11th month as snowflakes become more frequent throughout North America. Snowflakes are flaky and soft. They also encourage us to remember.
November is when we pay patriotic homage to the men and women who serve and protect our countries, giving all of us the freedom to make free choices. Watching black-and-white videos from both great wars will always have profound reverence in history. It makes us pause on November 11th at the 11th hour to salute our military. Remembering the past is a gesture like none other.
Yet, there’s another way we can remember — and stopping to get milk and bread on the way home from work is never to be discounted. There are other ways of jogging one’s memory to ensure the future will promise every new infant has all the tools mentally, and of course physically, to make their own — warning: I’m going to use that word again — individual stamp on the planet.
The David Foster Foundation works in all areas to provide much-needed financial support to families who are going through their transplant journey: a challenging journey all year, but even more so during the holidays. The one thing not guaranteed to families is an organ transplant for their child who is waiting. Through selfless acts of others, a personal choice can change someone’s life … forever.
Let’s remember that. Maybe keeping that thought and gift of kindness could eventually create more and more registered donors in Canada and the United States.
And that brings us to December. For those who are organizing their holiday shopping or are well underway — rather than me, who starts the annual task at 11 a.m. December 24 — you might want to consider the suggestion. And share the idea.
December always brings cool winds. But the acts of human kindness warms the spirit. It can all start with a challenge to remember to give in the previous month.
Ah yes, combining the year’s 11th and 12th months together.
Sounds like it’s…
The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.