In the midst of thinking about Thanksgiving ,I quote that lovable, whimsical guy, Charlie Brown,
“I think I’m losing control of the whole world.”
photo from Wikipedia
I was going to chit chat about the happiness of “Happy Thanksgiving.”
Then I ran across this picture of my mother (right)
and her sister, my aunt(left) on Thanksgiving Day a few years ago.
I was reminded again I had lost control of my whole world of Thanksgiving.
For over 2 decades, I have been in control of the whole world…….. of Thanksgiving…….
for the entire family…… and friends….. and sometimes strangers who were welcomed to join us for
All meet at our home.
The number of guests each thanksgiving dinner has ranged from 20 to 35 or more and sometimes
we just didn’t even bother to count them.
The party starts at 11 a.m. and the last guests usually leave
A Norman Rockwell setting…… children playing….. smells of warm apple cider and turkey…… adults talking and smiling
…..frequent hearty laughter…… a thankful prayer before plates are piled high with turkey, dressing ,
cranberries and all the trimmings…. after the meal we gather in the living to hear what each one is thankful for and gather
around the piano to sing thankful songs….. then we scattered outdoors to play games…weather permitting or the guys may watch
sports on TV while we gals talk about any and everything.
Thanksgiving is different now without these two.
It is a bittersweet time.
We cannot separate Thanksgiving from our memories of them and others that sat around our table
…….and are no longer here.
How can it be HAPPY THANKSGIVING?
I ask , “ can we look backward in our grief and also relish in the present moment?”
We can……….. only if we look for the things to be thankful for.
- We are so blessed to have had them with us for many, many years.
- The wisdom they imparted will never leave us.
- Their beauty and grace was an inspiration.
- By example, they taught us to be thankful in all things…
- We are blessed that Dad is able to be here to enjoy Thanksgiving.
- We will have first time guests this year. It is always a joy to share our home, our food and the spirit of our Thanksgiving festivities.
- The inventory of our blessings far exceeds our troubles list.
- Gratitude for the gift of now.
- Even with the uncertainties of our economy, our needs are still being provided.
- We are all in relatively good health.
- Thankful for a loving Father above who is ever mindful of us. He watches over us and provides comfort during the worst of times.
Psalm 91 :4
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Charlie Brown and I have lost control and it will be the best Thanksgiving Day ever.!!