Sweet potatoes are in the oven and the Cornish rock hens have been seasoned and herbed. There will be mashed potatoes and sweet potato soufflé with asparagus and cranberry sauce on the side. We’ll top it off with pecan pie stuffed under a mountain of whipped cream. That’s the table spread for today.
Why do we do this?
To let our family and friends know how much they are treasured.
To let strangers know they are cherished as hopeful new friends.
To express thanks for another year of blessings and give hope for the coming year.
To remember and honor all of those who came before us.
To let our God know that we are grateful and pray for peace, compassion, health, knowledge and comfort.
To say Thanks!
I especially want to say thanks to readers and writers, my many friends on WordPress; supportive bloggers, authors, new writers, seasoned writers, all those somewhere in the middle. You are my colleagues and I spend the better part of most days in your company. You make my days bright and give me the encouragement I need to keep the faith. The light you shine on my path is brighter than the Florida sun. I appreciate you!
This is the first time, since I can’t remember when, that I have not had the Thanksgiving Holiday dinner at my home for family and friends. The kids came home when they could, and home was where mama was. Sometimes, the kids couldn’t come, or one or two would be missing, I still made the Holiday dinner at my house. Even when I ate alone, I made the traditional dinner. As they matured, especially my daughter, they began to contribute to the meal. Once, my daughter made the entire dinner, but brought it to my home.
Tomorrow we are doing something different. My daughter is making and serving dinner at her house. That’s new. At first, I was a bit unsure. It was like a part of me was missing. Tonight, as I relax and think about tomorrow, I find that nothing is missing. This is something that I could easily get comfortable with. There has been no busy preparation on my part. I’ll go over tomorrow at dinnertime and I’ll come home whenever. My husband will be out of town with his son, so I’ll bring them a plate. No stress.
Gratitude is something that I feel every morning when I wake up. I usually go out on the porch to have my coffee and meditate over breakfast. I thank God every day for all the many blessings that we have received. Tonight, I am thankful for passing on traditions, and creating new ones. I am thankful I have a daughter and I am thankful that she has a family. I am thankful to be a part of her family.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
For my friends who don’t celebrate,
Have a Happy Day!