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All of our favorite things about Thanksgiving (family, food and football) are brought together in The Blind Side, a new film about a mother whose decision to take in a homeless child takes her family on transformative journey, and lands the boy in the competitive world of college football. Sandra Bullock stars as Leigh Anne Tuohy, a take-charge Christian woman whose heart strings are pulled when she realizes that Big Mike, an extremely large and sad boy, has no place to sleep on a cold night. Under Leigh Ann's steel magnolia tutelage, the wayward boy blossoms and within a few years, every college football coach in the nation is knocking on the door to recruit him. Based on the true story of Michael Ohers (currently playing in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens), this film is the perfect feel-good holiday film. Our kids loved watching Michael's adopted brother SJ negotiate with real college coaches, and we loved Sandra Bullock's whip-smart performance. Most of all, we love that the film offers families ample opportunity to discuss how we can help those in need. Happy Thanksgiving!
Leigh Ann Tuohy is a tough but worthy act to follow. Clearly both her kids and her community learned by her stunning example, and we'd like to think that the recent success of the movie will spur many to follow her charitable lead. Whether you write a check, spend time volunteering in a soup kitchen, or help your neighbor rake leaves, its great for your kids to see their parents model charitable behavior. Thanksgiving is a special time to practice charity together: we clean out our closets at this time of year, and bring gently used clothing to Goodwill. And, since food is on everyone's mind during the holidays, we call our local mission on Monday or Tuesday to find out what items are needed for Thursday's feast. All together, we head to the grocery story to buy a stack of pies (or whatever else the pantry needs). Now that the kids are older, they like to help cut those pies in the kitchen and hand them across a table to someone hungry. When we first started bringing the kids to serve food, they were a bit scared of the strangers but soon got in the giving mood. Sharing with those in needs makes us all the more grateful for the table that we sit at together at the end of a long day.
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