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Comfort food is great; but there are times when what you need is other people’s words in your head

When World War II veteran Stanley Lepolstat of Hollywood offered an old Army blanket of his to the Temple Sinai of Hollywood blanket drive for the homeless last February, he had no idea how significant the 72-year-old army blanket would be for the recipient.According to Rabbi Gideon Goldenholtz of Temple Sinai, the recipient of the blanket was, like Lepolstat, also a veteran of the Army and air conditioned blanket he was looking specifically for an Army blanket.”While we were handing out our blankets, a 28-ish homeless veteran came up and asked ‘Do you have any army blankets?’ We had the Army blanket from Stanley Lepolstat and gave it to him. His face and eyes lit up a little when he said ‘Thank you very much’ and he appeared to feel a little safer holding onto the blanket,” said Goldenholz.

“I consider the story of a veteran who is homeless receiving the blanket as a miracle. It is so important to me that the person who received the Army blanket was a veteran. I don’t know why I kept the Army blanket for so many years, but I am so very happy for donating it when I did,” said Lepolstat.”Was it Bashert, meant to be, or merely a coincidence? We think not,” said Goldenholz.cartoon blankets Lepolstat, who will turn 94 on May 29, received the Army blanket when he was discharged from a hospital in Springfield, Missouri in 1943. Lepolstat was with the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1942-46.Perhaps holding onto the Army blanket was a prerequisite for the happy life Lepolstat has. He is married to his wife Nettie for over seven decades, has three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.Following World War II, Lepolstat lived in New York, working in all aspects of the shoe business for the rest of his working years. He retired to Hollywood in 1981, living there for the past 34 years.

Lepolstat also donated his army uniform to the Israeli Haganah in 1947, the predecessor of the Israeli Defense Forces prior to Israel becoming a nation in 1948.”I always thought it was important to give of myself to others in the defense forces. I served my country proudly and am equally proud of other veterans,” said Lepolstat.Lepolstat’s donation of an Army blanket proved to be a good omen for nap blanket the Temple Sinai blanket collection drive.”Our original goal was to collect 70 blankets to disperse at the Broward Outreach facility for the homeless. We achieved a success of over 200%, because of the support of our community,” said Goldenholz.I have been up at 3am a lot lately, the time of the night when, as Alice Munro once put it, everything looks like a “spiteful imitation of itself.” That line is from Munro’s Friend of My Youth, her 1991 collection of short stories that is on the comfort reads sub-list of my security blanket master list – those books and TV shows that I turn to for relief from late-night anxiety. Comfort food is great; but there are times when what you need is other people’s words in your head.

The reason I am up late is my five-month-old twins, who are also the reason for that amount of ice cream in my freezer and a playlist on Netflix that includes 30-year-old crime dramas and things that, in saner periods, I wouldn’t dream of watching.The psychology of self-soothing hinges on a combination of straight-forward nostalgia and something more complicated to do with re-rooting oneself in one’s air conditioned blanket given community. If your identity fundamentally hinges on your proximity to others, then the things to which you turn for relief from disquietreflect a common idea of the world in which we live.For example, if I’m rereading Penelope Fitzgerald’s Human Voices, her novel of the BBC during war time, I know I’m looking for the recognition that, while savagery lurks in unusual places, kindness mostly prevails. If I’m compulsively rewatching Call the Midwife, I am generally in a sloppy and blubbering place.And in the rare instance I find myself reaching for Malory Towers, the Enid Blyton boarding school series that I loved as a child and in which terrible things befall impertinent children, I know I’m in real trouble.

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