Thanksgiving weekend always brings mixed emotions for me. While I’m thankful for the wonderful blessings God has bestowed upon me, I’m also reminded of a tragic loss in our family. Thanksgiving weekend 1984, on October 7, my brother passed away in a house fire. I miss him dearly.
A mere 18 months later, we lost Dad. And in February 2007, we lost Mom. But I’m thankful for the years we had together. Now there’s only Sis and I left in our immediate family.
On this Thanksgiving weekend, I thank God for:
1. My husband of many years (married 22, together 25) – so many people are alone;
3. My sister (and her family) – there were 3 children in our family, but only 2 remain;
4. My in-laws – some people just don’t get along with theirs;
5. My old friends – Janice, Cheryl, Mike, thanks for always being there for me;
6. My new friends – Ruth, Lina, Barbara, Janet, writing gave me the opportunity to meet published and aspired authors;
7. My home – not just the roof over my head but the bed I sleep in. Some sleep on the street;
8. The food that I eat – I’ve been to Africa and have seen first-hand what hunger can do;
9. My job – many can’t (or refuse to) work;
10. My health – there’s always someone worse off than I am.
And for all the things which more often than not I take for granted – the beautiful Autumn colours that leave breathtaking scenery; the sun that shines through my window and makes me feel cozy and warm inside while it’s cold outside; and so much more. I could go on but will stop and simply say:
This is my list. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend?