The turkey is eaten and the table is all cleared away. There are stacks of dishes waiting to be washed and food awaiting storage containers. It was a day of great company, delicious food and laughter that made my sides hurt.
It was Thanksgiving at our place.
Today is a day I hardly mind spending hours cooking a meal that is consumed in the matter of minutes. It’s a day we don’t count calories and savor dessert. No guilt is felt for those who reach for seconds and conversation flows like fine wine. It’s a day I do not need to stop and think of what I’m thankful for, because it’s all right there in front of me. It’s on and around my table.
Growing up we have dreams of being rich – I know I had my fair share. Being able to have the finest things in life without living pay check to pay check. Funny enough, I may not have millions in my bank account, but I can honestly say – my life is pretty damn rich. I have a cozy apartment I adore (I do dream of a dishwasher!); a wonderful fiance who loves me in the truest sense; a tiny cat who may have been the runt of the litter, but came with a huge personality; a wonderfully flawed family who are perfectly imperfect; an amazing team of doctors who keep me running like a fine tuned car; a full stomach (which is shrinking – hell yea!); friends in which I can share it all.
What more can I ask for?
I hope you all find something to be thankful for in life, but not just today. I hope you have something in your life that has you feeling thankful every day. Take a moment and offer thanks that although you may want to strangle your spouse for their annoying habits, you have such an awesome person in your life. Take a moment and be thankful for the roof over your head, even if it’s a smaller roof than you would like. Take an extra moment to be thankful for your health – there are SO many people who are praying they make it to Christmas – or even tomorrow. The day I sat outside the cancer clinic – the day I heard of the spots showing on my lungs following a chest x-ray – that single day changed my life forever. I’m not perfect – in fact I’m a hot mess some days. But I never take anything in my life for granted anymore. I KNOW how quickly it can all be threatened. So be gracious, be thankful, but most importantly – be kind. We’re all in this mess together.
NOW – on to Christmas movies! 😉