Thanksgiving week of 2017 and I have thoughts like how the holiday was started and seeing the pictures in my mind of that first Thanksgiving. The Norman Rockwell kind of pictures, the pilgrims and the native Americans gathered around enjoying a meal. Probably some version of that event did take place at some point in time. History tells us the Natives did aid the settlers.
Then my attention naturally turns to the big meal we will have. We start planning our Thanksgiving dinner the first of November. First deciding on who will host the family and then deciding on the menu. Don’t know why we spend so much time on the menu, we usually always have the traditional turkey dinner and a ham for those who don’t like turkey. Imagine someone not liking turkey and dressing!!!
It seems to me as though Thanksgiving was a holiday set aside to be thankful for our country and I certainly am thankful to be living in this country. Even with all our problems, and there are many of them at this time, there is still nowhere else I would rather live. So this Thanksgiving Day I am sending special thanks and prayers for our country. I know in my heart we will survive the issues at this time in our history and become a stronger and fairer democracy for ALL of us.
Thanksgiving is also a time to express thanks for all the people in our lives. Not only our family and friends but also the people we occasionally interact with, like the cashiers we see every day in the grocery store, the wait staff at our favorite restaurants, the postal carrier and delivery people. So many people in our lives that add to the rich experience we call living. I am thankful for everyone that touches my life.
Now though that I am attaining a certain age, I find myself being even more thankful for all my family and friends.
I am blessed that I still have all my brothers and sisters and we have vibrantly moved into senior citizen status. So proud of each and every one of us. We have done amazingly well with our lives and plan on doing so for many more years to come. And some of us have brought into the family some equally amazing spouses . Our parents would have been proud.
All my nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews are also a blessing. Not the least bit prejudiced when I say they are all the brightest, smartest and best looking people you will ever meet. Our parents would also been very proud of all their grand-children and great grand-children. I think they would have enjoyed spoiling them.
Another blessing is all the friends I have, both past and present. So many old friends have passed on but they have left my life so much richer. So many old friends are still with me and they are a treasure I value every day. And, my newer friends are adding to my treasure chest in so many ways. It’s amazing isn’t it, how people enter our lives at just the right time, and it feels like we have known each other always, and we probably have. Friends are constantly streaming through our lives and I give thanks for each and every one of them.
One very special blessing in my life is my special friend who shares my home with me. It would be a lonely existence otherwise.
So much to be thankful for when we really take the time to think about it, which is something we should do every day. Not just once a year, but spend a few minutes each day to just be thankful. It is truly a wonderous way to start the day. Everything just falls into place, everything always works out just the way it’s suppose to when I start my day feeling thankful. There is no other feeling that compares.
Until next time,