In 2020 I spent the day cooking and visiting with family via a three-hour Zoom call. Not the best Thanksgiving ever, to be certain. But, at least we were still able to see one another, talk and make fun of the way our lives were going.
This year no zoom call. My family is all vaccinated, some of us have been booster-ed – some have appointments to be – and we are all still diligent about handwashing, sanitizing, etc. We can meet face-to-face to share our meal and give our thanks.
That alone is enough to be thankful for today, but I have a few other things I want to share that I am so grateful for and now seems the appropriate time to do it.
I am thankful and grateful…
- for my freedom. With the recent events in Balarus and the middle east, I can imagine myself in no other country on earth but this one. We may have issues – Lord, we have issues – but we are inherantly free as a people to express ourselves.
- for my family. It may not be big, but it’s a wonderful conglomeration of people and personlaities who give me joy every single day.
- my new baby grandson who owns my heart, pure and simple.
- the fact my parents are still alive, relatively well, and able to live in their own home. Now in their upper 80’s this is an amazing accomplishment.
- my ability to still think clearly enough to write for a living! Some days the words don’t come, but when they do, I am thankful for each and every one.
- the people who read my stories and actually like them. That is priceless to me.
- my health -such as it is. After another bout with this dreaded skin cancer I’ve grown to dispise, I am going into the next year giving thanks that it could have been worse. A few scars on my face and body are the proof I defeated this ridiculous disease.
- My daughter, who fills my life with immeasurable joy and who makes me glad each and every day I was blessed to give birth to her
- My crazy dog Maple. I had hoped for a calm, service-type personality dog. Nope. Not even close. But still I am thankful she came into our lives.
- my husband who makes my life complete in every way and has for the past 40 years. Here’s to another 40!
The happiest of days, my dear peeps. I hope your tables are filled with people you love, your stomachs are filled with delicious food, and your health is, and remains, well.