Wednesday, January 14, 2015

You won't throw me out, will you?

Mirecek (in Czech this means “little Mirek”) is about 6 ft 2 in tall and has the biggest hands I’ve ever seen.  He is a Roma man who could be anywhere from 25 to 50 – it’s hard to tell. 
Miricek as one of the three kings
Every year Mirecek plays one of the Wise Men as they go around town raising funds for the local Charitas. Though slightly mentally disabled, he is able to function quite well. He attends the Catholic Church and often hangs around there.  That is how he came to be at our Thanksgiving celebration.

We had it at the Catholic parish hall and when he saw that something was going on, he came to see what it was. Most of us were finished eating and were just sitting around and talking.  When he came in he went to our friend Petr (who also goes to the Catholic Church) and said “Hey Petr, you won’t throw me out, will you?” We didn’t.

We fixed him a plate and he liked everything but the sweet potatoes. He didn’t hang around very long, but I was glad that he was there. Some of our friends were a little surprised, but hopefully they understood a little more about the meaning of Thanksgiving. 

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