The Season to be Grateful

“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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. I am grateful for the wonderful neighbors I have who stop by now that it’s colder because they miss seeing me outside.
  6. I am grateful for the time to explore new activities.
  7. And I am thankful for the colors this autumn had to share with me.

    Not my neighbor

    Not my neighbor

 

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.

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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.

What are you grateful for today?

18 thoughts on “The Season to be Grateful

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  2. I can’t imagine anyone thinking you’re wicked at all! But I agree, it is lovely that they love you even as an in law. I like my BF’s mother though I’ve only met her twice, she seems much like my own mother. I know some of my exes, there’s no way I would have enjoyed being their in law!

    I’m interested to know about your Thanksgiving, I hope to have a dinner on the Sunday maybe, to celebrate it (mainly cause I want to make a pumpkin pie!). It’s something that never happens in Australia, and people don’t even really know when it is. So thanks for letting me know what you guys normally have.

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  3. I am thankful that i found your blog a few months ago. It has given me many great ideas towards my simplified living journey and also gave me the little, gentle push I needed to finally start a blog of my own. Wishing you and your loved ones a fantastic Thanksgiving!

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    • Lil, you started a blog? Would you give me your URL so I can visit and read about your journey? I’m thrilled my blog was helpful to you and to know I helped push you to blog makes my day. :-)

      I hope you too have a wonderful Thanksgiving if I don’t have the opportunity to wish you a happy holiday before then.

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        • Lil, I just read through your blog. I am sorry I forgot about your blog, but once I started reading, and yes I read every post, I recalled when I read the post about shaving your head. How is your wife? I hope she is feeling better soon, how scary to have witnessed that accident about to happen.

          I wouldn’t apologize for being a new blogger, your site is lovely and you write very well. It took me a long time to figure out how to put links and pictures into my posts. If you ever have any questions feel free to email me. Btw, I still have a lot to learn. ;-)

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  4. This is wonderful Lois and exactly what I hoped to include in my SMART Living 30-Day Gratitude Challenge. It will be linked in my post next Friday the 30th. Thank YOU so much for letting me know it was coming. I’ve made a strong effort to include as many different perspectives as possible…and of course include my favorite bloggers…because I think as I read other people’s experiences that it helps me focus on those qualities and experiences that bring me the most joy. I also think a word that describes it, besides that “comfortable” feeling you mention, is contentment. That feeling that all is well in the world at that moment is one of the sweetest we can experience.

    Thank you for this and I can already tell there will be SEVERAL blog subjects that will come up when your trip is here and gone….especially the crazy ads in the newspaper on black Friday!!!!

    Have a AWESOME day of contentment. And if I haven’t mentioned it in a while, please know that I am grateful that we connected this year and became friends. You’ve brought a dimension to my life and my writing that I wouldn’t have had without you in it. Thank you my friend.

    ~Kathy

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    • Kathy, I don’t know what to say, thank you. The feeling is reciprocal as you have added to my life as well.

      You are right, contentment would fit there perfectly :-) I am happy you enjoyed reading it. As you have probably figured out by now I tend to ramble and just let what is in my head flow through the keyboard. I never write with an outline or set intention.

      Don’t look for a post on the ads and the crazy things we find as I shut out all thoughts of blogging on Thanksgiving and just enjoy the moment. But you can look forward to a few more in the coming weeks as I have a pile of things here waiting for the right time to post. :-)

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