I do like Thanksgiving.
I find it the simpler of holidays....a holiday focused around a meal, gratitude, family.....
Hubs and I went to Virginia to visit my Mama-in-Law. The flight is long, the drive is long....time to think...the visit is relaxing and instead of Black Friday shopping, I thought about what I am grateful for.
I post a lot about gratitude and I do mean it- Our family and friends are like oxygen to me but if I said that the holidays don't get to me a bit, I would be lying. I would love our family to be different.
but we are not
and so I search for simpler things to make me grateful:
1. Pink sunrises and sunsets:
Times when the world is illuminated in pink are the times when I know my girl is watching over me. In Colorado, there are times when the entire horizon is enveloped in pink. I look up, take a deep breath, and thank her
2. People over 80:
I spent this vacation with the most interesting people; one who was a secretary during the Nuremberg trails, another who spent time with Lindbergh (she commented that he was a crazy driver). So many stories, so much life, I ate it up with a spoon. We talked about life and ate pie. These 80+ women were the Cat's Pajamas.
3. Cats Pajamas:
4. I am happy I can read:
14% of us in the US cannot. Think about that book that you treasure and how it changed your life.
5. My body:
HA! Because I never scrutinize it the mirror :)
As I get older it is less about my pouchy belly but more that I am thrilled to have legs that will take me up a mountain and down a mogul field. It is not perfect but it works and I am happy everyday for my beating heart, my breathing lungs and my gigantic you-can-feed-a village-thighs
6. My job:
I do like my job, my company and the people I work with
7. Our nieces and nephews:
My goodness, how we adore you. And what a thrill it is to see the oldest become a good man, the youngest smile and the joy you ALL bring our families. That..... and you still think I'm cool or let me think I think I'm cool. I love you.
8. My Babies:
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. You will always be the best thing I have ever, ever done
Yeah.....you're pretty good. It's not until you walk through hell and back that you realize who you want to walk through hell and back with
10. I am grateful to this life:
To this journey. We are here only briefly. What will we do? Will we lament how we have been robbed? or will we look for the pink in the sunset?
As I set the Thanksgiving table we talked.....do we need to carve more turkey? Do you need more rolls? Stuffing?
The response? We are good. We have plenty.