A Thanksgiving story | 10 to Twins | Jessica T | Mountain View Online |

Local Blogs

10 to Twins

By Jessica T

About this blog: I'm a late thirties mother of a ten-year-old and infant twins. My family moved to Menlo Park 6 years ago from Virginia - where I grew up, went to college, got married, had my first born, and got an MBA (in that order). I'm a manag...  (More)

View all posts from Jessica T

A Thanksgiving story

Uploaded: Nov 25, 2013
If you google the words "Michael J. Fox woman baby tree," you will find a story about Michael J. Fox, his battle with Parkinson's disease, and how he reminds himself and his family to stay positive in light of their challenges. A few years ago, he read a story in The New York Times about a woman in Mozambique who was overcome by a flood while in labor. She climbed a tree, delivered her baby, and then waited for help to come.

I do not have a debilitating disease, and I have never had to climb a tree to safely give birth. But I do have tough days around the corner as I head back to work. A few days ago, I met a struggling single mom. She told me a little about herself. She was in her early thirties with three young boys at home. She was living with her mom, working, and trying to get her college degree. She was smart and determined, but she was struggling - emotionally and financially.

I was moved by her story, and it made me grateful for the blessings I have despite the discomforts that loom ahead. With my late-thirties wisdom, I assured her that it would get better; that life can turn on a dime; and if nothing else, she was setting an amazing example for her kids. I felt immense gratitude to her for reminding me of the journey we are all on. While life can be incredibly painful, it's a journey that defines our own identities and those of our families.

I hope I showed this young woman some kindness that helped carry her through her day. She gave me so much more - a timely reflection on what I have to be thankful for and a story to carry in my pocket when the going gets tough next year. It's my version of "A woman had a baby in a tree."

What are you grateful for this season?
We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?


 +  Like this comment
Posted by Seelam Prabhakar Reddy, a resident of College Terrace,
on Nov 26, 2013 at 4:12 am

I recently moved to College Terrace neighborhood of PAlo Alto. Mostly I am thankful to all people I have met in this town. I have a high bar as I moved from Newport Coast area for job, learning,and retirement. In the future

In the last three months I have seen why Palo Alto gets top reviews:
1. people with positive outlook regardless of gender, age and income

2. Nature. I have been enjoying cold weather leaves falling and new colors

3. Incredible People that work, research, play, walk nearby Stanford

4. Great City Hall with service oriented management

5. Great restaurants and people that work behind the scene

6. Great local businesses such as VMWARE. HP, and other

This is what I am thankful for.

I call it a heaven on earth!!

Happy thanksgiving!

 +  Like this comment
Posted by Jessica T, a Mountain View Online blogger,
on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:29 am

Jessica T is a registered user.

Hi Seelam - Thanks for reading and posting your sincere note about what you are thankful for in our community. We are lucky to have you here!

Follow this blogger.
Sign up to be notified of new posts by this blogger.



Post a comment

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Get the most important local news stories sent straight to your inbox daily.

The Fish Market to remain in Palo Alto despite sale of property to developer
By The Peninsula Foodist | 6 comments | 3,706 views

How will Palo Alto plan for, and pay for, massive emissions reductions?
By Sherry Listgarten | 44 comments | 2,267 views

Memo to PA Police Chief Jonsen: What are you hiding from us? And why?
By Diana Diamond | 23 comments | 1,176 views

Vegan Latin American - Online Cook-along with San Mateo County Libraries
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 1,011 views

"How Can We Be Happy Again?" Part 2
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 74 views


Vote now!

It's time once again to cast your vote for the best places to eat, drink, shop and spend time in Mountain View. Voting is open now through May 23. Watch for the results of our Best Of contest on Friday, July 23.