I have always loved Thanksgiving. While I certainly do not have the largest family, I have no doubt that mine ranks among the best. We don't get to see each other as often as we like, but when we are together there is a unique chemistry that is palpable. Unlike some families I know, we all genuinely like each other. If we weren't related, I have no doubt that we would still be friends. I'm lucky because I know that not everybody can say the same about their relatives.
is a time for us to get together and engage in our two favorite
activities, eating and shopping. We will laugh, tell stories and
probably eat more than one slice of pie while scouring the circulars for
Black Friday deals.
This year the holiday is extra special. As
my Mom struggled through the pain, through the grueling physical
therapy, and through the post-operative boredom, we often talked about
her feeling better by Thanksgiving. It was a difficult few months, and
the hope that she would feel better by the end of November helped propel
her through her recovery.
This morning she will wake up early
and put the turkey in the oven. I came up to her house on Tuesday with
the intention of helping her. I ended up watching movies as my
assistance was not needed. For all intents and purposes, she has met her
Thanksgiving goal. Although she is not completely recovered from her
double knee replacement, her improvement to this point has been nothing
short of spectacular.
Today, I am thankful for so many things. I
am grateful for both my health and the health of my family. I'm
delighted that I have a job that I love while allowing me the
flexibility to be involved with Robby's school activities. I have the
best group of friends who are quick to rally around me during difficult
times and are always willing to raise a cupcake to help me celebrate. I
appreciate everybody who takes the time out of their day to read my
musings in this blog. I am fortunate to count many of my readers as
friends, and I treasure every email I receive.
I wish you all a
Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your day, and know that you are all
appreciated by this blogger! I'm off to tackle the circulars and create
a game plan for our Black Friday shopping adventure. More on that