It’s Canadian Thanksgiving and a time to be with family and friends to enjoy and appreciate the good things we have.
I have a lot to be thankful for in my life. Last year I tried to write a tongue-in-cheek piece that my family didn’t quite *get*, but this year I feel a bit more serious and sentimental. As it should be, relationships top the list of things I value most.
I’m grateful for my husband of 34 years. We celebrated our anniversary this weekend and remarked on how quickly the years have raced by. We remembered the many happy occasions, and the times we laughed even when the going got rough.
The ugly patches fall away as unimportant. We survived, that’s all that matters.
I’m grateful for my sons – the two that nature gave me, my future son-in-law, and the one who adopted us. All four bring an unique richness to my life, and they fill a void I didn’t know existed … until they came into it.
I’m so blessed to have sons who want to come home, who want to visit and spend time with us. We laugh, we eat and drink too much, we tell stories, we support and encourage one another. It’s the best of what family should be, and it’s extraordinarily precious.
I’m grateful we each enjoy good health. Our bodies are strong, allowing us to live an active lifestyle. Upon reflection, that’s even more important the day after a day filled with excessive celebration.
I’m grateful we live in a country that is largely peaceful, tolerant, and genuinely tries to be kind … most of the time. That’s a pretty tall order in today’s world and the older I get, the more I appreciate it.
I know this entire post sounds trite, like a tired cliché, and maybe it’s just the pumpkin pie talking, but I’m incredibly grateful for all of it.
I’ve been given a great life. It’s not perfect – I’d like to think a lottery win could solve many of those problems – but there were oh-so-many things could have gone horribly wrong along the way … but didn’t.
This Thanksgiving, I’m simply happy to be here, right now, comfortable in the knowledge that I’m loved by the people who mean the most to me.