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Thanksgiving – Bit players

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

In Hollywood terms a bit player is someone who blends into the background or lends that little piece of action and dialogue which rounds the movie out or keeps the scene going. Usually they are playing opposite the big star who gets the lion’s share of the good lines and better choice of camera angles. The bit player doesn’t begrudge their lot in life, however, as they realise without the tent pole of a marquee name there wouldn’t be any movie being made at all. For years the supporting cast of the Honeymooners were the perfect foil for big time comedian Jackie Gleason.

Life is full of bit players; the orderlies at the hospital, the sacristan serving the priest on the altar; the young students or newcomers to our country who are cleaning tables at the fast food restaurant after we’ve enjoyed a meal or else cleaning out our office workspaces after business hours. Its a thankless task, but hopefully one that doesn’t go unnoticed for it is often these unsung heroes who keep the show together or the wheels of commerce and organisations going.

It is also true that some of the best characters are to be found amongst the bit player ranks. These people are not showy or inclined to make a fuss, but their good graces and perseverance often lead to greater things. Who would have thought the great Walter Matthau was once a bit player, playing second fiddle to Elvis Presley and others before leading roles beckoned, or that the most popular character on the Moonlighting TV show would be Miss Agnes DiPesto.

Miss DiPesto

Miss Agnes DiPesto

Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau

To the many bit players in the world, pulling their weight and smoothing the path for others in all walks of life, we say a well overdue thank you.

Previous thanksgiving article: Architecture

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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