Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Without the pressure of gifts and the rushing around trying to visit 3 places in one afternoon, it far surpasses Christmas. It's a laid back holiday. Time to visit and relax. Perhaps catch up on old times with friends or family you haven't seen in a while. This year will seem lonely at my house. None of my family from away are coming, so I'll be setting the table for four instead of ten or more.

I rise early so at 4:30 this morning I thought about all I'm grateful for. It's amazing how most of us (me included) forget how lucky we are until we see the more unfortunate. Sometimes it's so easy to say, "well, it's their own damn fault. Why don't they get a job...or get off drugs...or straighten out their lives." I think perhaps we're all guilty of it at some point.

Years ago, when I had race horses, my husband and I used to open our home to anyone on the track who wasn't lucky enough to get home for the holiday. Looking back on those times, I realize they were some of the best Thanksgiving's I've had. Cooking for family is expected and even though people are grateful and say the right thank you's, cooking for people who are virtually alone and possibly might be street people if not for the regiment and commitment they have for horses, raised my spirits.

My kids still remember those Thanksgivings and will comment on "quiet" the holiday seems to be now.

Anyway, I'm grateful for my comfortable lifestyle. We have plenty of food in the freezer, plenty of wood to keep us warm this winter.

I'd also like to say a special prayer of thanks to all our military troops, especially the ones in harm's way. God Bless and keep them all safe.


catslady said...

Nice post! I too enjoy the more the merrier type thanksgiving. Tradition is nice but I'm learning to go with the flow. We have different family members that can make it. This year it is at my nephews but everyone will be bringing lots of goodies. They are inviting a friend and his mother who have no where to go this year. And unfortunately my oldest daughter and fiance will be with his family but that's only fair even though I'll really miss them.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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