“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” — Thornton Wilder
There are plenty of things to be thankful for all year, but November when we here in the US celebrate Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on all that we have. The activities of summer and the harvests to put up between September and October can overwhelm us. But come November, things have slowed down and we again have that much-needed time to reflect on those things we are so fortunate to have.
I may not always take the time to point out all the things I am fortunate to have, I had a few things happen today that had me reflecting on those things I am grateful for. Rather than wait until Thanksgiving day, I thought I would share these things with you a little early.
- I am grateful for the wonderful family I have, the children I wasn’t supposed to be able to have and the grandchildren who fill my days with love and laughter.
- I am grateful that I am in a position to share what I have. Today I was in town when I heard music. It was my neighbor who was playing in hopes of earning enough money to take a weekend trip. I was thankful to have extra cash on me to make a small contribution. Plus I enjoyed listening to him perform.
- Having been warned I would not live a very long life, I am thankful I had the good fortune to see my children grow into adulthood and see the loving parents they are to their children.
- I am grateful to have the little arms which wrapped around me whispered the words, “You are the best grandma ever” is there anything better in life than this?
- I am grateful for the wonderful neighbors I have who stop by now that it’s colder because they miss seeing me outside.
- I am grateful for the time to explore new activities.
- And I am thankful for the colors this autumn had to share with me.
When Thanksgiving Day rolls around I will be grateful for the Greyhound bus company who have made their buses wheel chair accessible allowing me to give up ownership of a car and still be able to visit my youngest son and his family as I have done each of the last six years since they relocated for work.
Our Thanksgiving is simple, plain even, and that’s exactly how I like it. There are things we do, and eat, every year but there are always a few new experiences. The one thing we never do is leave the house, the only exception to this is the one newspaper of the year my son buys. While the parade plays on the TV for the little one and the food is cooking my daughter-in-law and I go through the paper. We solve the puzzles, look at the ads and roll our eyes at the ridiculous things being advertised.
Our meal on Thanksgiving will have the standards, turkey, sweet potatoes, plus mashed potatoes, a vegetable, and this year homemade cranberry sauce. I finally have another vegetarian to join me in the non-turkey meal as their daughter has refused meat, never allowing it to pass her lips. The pies are always a surprise, one picked by my son and one by his wife. We watch football through the afternoon, and play with the little one while snacking from a veggie and cheese tray.
We curl up with blankets, we talk, get caught up on all the news we missed over the preceding weeks. And this year, I will be traveling with my portable sewing machine so my daughter-in-law and I can hem a couple of pairs of curtains. The one word that explains my Thanksgiving is comfortable. It’s comfortable being with people you love and enjoy. It’s comfortable knowing there is nothing important needing to be done. It’s comfortable lounging and knowing you won’t have to leave the house.It’s comfortable knowing there is no where else in the world you would rather be. I look forward with gratitude for the holiday we call Thanksgiving for providing the opportunity to share these experiences.
When I stop to think about visiting my son’s family I know how fortunate I am. Both my sons married women whom I love and enjoy being with. They accepted me with no qualms and I am not known as the wicked, hated mother-in-law,
When you have family, good health, wonderful friends and neighbors, and a few extra dollars in your pocket to give away you have the best life can give you. You are indeed fortunate.