Nov 25

Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving.

The warm smell of turkey cooking in the oven.

The sputtering of butter and onions on the stove.

Sweet homemade apple cider steaming in mugs.

Laughing coming from every direction.

Stories vibrating off the walls and trilling through the air.

and then the moment when we sit down and say a simple, heart-felt, and much-needed “Thanks.”

And not only do I love this holiday for all of the warmth and laughter, the smells and tastes, but for the simple fact that we are recognizing and celebrating a day that is all about saying “Thank you.”

Two simple words that are so easy to overlook when we watch the news, or get bogged down in busyness, or look at the many, varied sadnesses that life has dealt us.

But two simple words that can change a countenance in a moment, that can give a renewed sense of joy and hope in our lives.

Thanksgiving to me is looking at my life: the clutter on the floor, the fingerprints on the glass, my husbands socks on the floor, the disarray of pictures on the refrigerator, the pile of to-do’s that sits waiting…waiting…waiting, and realizing that in all the busyness, the craziness, the deadlines and to-do’s, the hurt, and the pain that life has dealt me…that there are always things and people and memories and life to celebrate.

So tomorrow, after we have eaten our fill, I hope that we all ┬álean back in our chairs, pat our stomachs that are full to bursting, smile, look around, and say “Thanks.”

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