On being thankful

Thursday, November 27, 2014
I woke up too early- the aches and pains of age and health making sleep uncomfortable. I wanted to sleep more- it's a home day, no work to rush off to, but between the pain and the thoughts floating through my head I couldn't sleep. 

Thanksgiving. I've had 56 of them now though I don't remember them all. But I remember a lot of them. Even with the small family we were (just 3 of us- Dad, Mom and me) , it was always a day to be celebrated. Sometimes with extended family or friends, sometimes not. As I got older I always remembered more people around the table. My family usually reached out to anyone who had no other family to join with and we became an unruly group. 

As I reflected today I could see all the faces, floating around the edges of my mind. Some of them are gone now- wisps of memories that come and go. Some are just too far away now. But they were all there- it was like having a comfort memory - of everyone I've loved still there with me. 

Thanksgiving. Whether spent at a lavish table filled to the brim with people- or a cozy meal in a quiet setting- it's a time to recall those who have loved us through the years- those we have held close - those we have lost and those who remain to support us. For those of us who are fortunate- our 'family' has expanded to include dear friends we've met along life's way. I am so thankful for each and every one I've crossed paths with in my years here- as I'm not sure I'd be where I am without you all. 

I'm thankful today for my family- a husband who loves, cherishes and cares for me every day, for three sons I've been so privileged to be a mother to. I'm thankful for my dear mother- my companion and best friend for all my years on this earth. I'm thankful for my Aunts, Uncles, Cousins- family who have been the foundation of my life.

 I'm thankful today for a country where we an raise our voices in protest- where we can state any opinion without fear. I'm thankful we can rage against injustice in our country, even if it does make everyone uncomfortable. I'm thankful for those who serve our country in time of war or peace- and most especially for all those who care for them when they return home. I'm thankful for every person who reaches out to someone in need and tries to lighten their burden, whether physically or emotionally. I'm thankful for those who have passed, I still find the shadow of their paths lighting the way ahead of me. 


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