Thursday, November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving 2011!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the unloaded simplicity of this day, family and friends gathering together to share a meal and gratitude for the blessings in our lives -- abundance, not of things, but of family, friends, good food, and time together.
Today I am grateful for so much, especially my family, including my ex-husband Gene and his wife Kathryn who are hosting the big feast, but also for the friends who are another form of family to me. I'm grateful for five healthy, beautiful, and now grown kids. I am grateful for my two grandsons, for whom the sun rises and also sets (!). I am grateful that Russ is here with me today, as he has been for the past fourteen Thanksgivings, along with his little dog Jette. I am grateful for Skidmore College, the place where I have been employed since "the beginning of time" and also where my daughter Katie and I received degrees, and where my other children have taken classes from time to time. It is also a place where deep friendships have blossomed, a true blessing in my life.
I am grateful for memories of life lived, even the sad memories, because everything we experience is a lesson allowing us to appreciate all the good that comes our way, and the people who were there for us during the trials and tribulations, and also there to share our celebrations. It may seem funny to say this, but I am grateful for facebook, because it has renewed friendships that had slipped from my grasp and brought old friends back into my life. The power of social media...
I usually write about food, but Thanksgiving is about so much more than that. So no food notes in this posting, just gratitude.
I wish all of you a truly Happy Thanksgiving. May we appreciate all that surrounds us, and give thanks for every person who has touched our lives.
Now go eat!