Greetings my friends, Happy Thanksgiving. As I mentioned last year, I believe giving thanks is not just for Thanksgiving. I believe everyday we can find a reason to be thankful. Today, though I find myself especially thankful for last Thanksgiving.
You see, today will be my first Thanksgiving without my grandmother Roane, and to be honest that makes me sad. She has always been a big part of my life – she taught me how to drink from a straw, how to cook, fed my love of the arts, bandaged my knees as a little girl, and helped mend broken hearts as an adult – and so much more. She was more than my grandmother she was a treasured friend, whom I miss dearly. For as long as I can remember, she always ended our phone conversations with: “Come see me, I love you!”
Holidays were always special to her and she really loved having her family all together. Last year she found herself in the hospital for Thanksgiving (and Christmas) with a broken hip, and ravaged by Alzheimer’s. And I found myself with no plans for the day – my siblings were out of town and my parents had the flu. Knowing that it would probably be her last Thanksgiving, I decided to spend the day with her in the hospital and to make it special.
I arrived early and while she didn’t know I was her first granddaughter, she knew I was someone who loved her deeply. She greeted me warmly and we had the best day. We laughed, looked at pictures, we opened her Thanksgiving cards, and we even sang songs. (She is probably the only person ever who enjoyed my singing.) I had the incredible privilege of taking her down to the formal dining room to have turkey and dressing. It was a day I will always treasure. And as I left she said “Come back to see me, I love you!” That simple phrase stopped me in my tracks as she had not said that to any of us for quite some time.
I’m so thankful that I had that day with my grandmother and today, I would be happy to be heading to the hospital to see her – but that is not an option. As you gather today, remember it’s not only about the turkey and the football. It is also about those we love. I encourage you to drink in the day as we have no idea what the coming year will bring. Stop for just a moment chasing everything and drink in all the goodness today brings – for we know not what tomorrow will bring.
Enjoy your day!
Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. ~Edward Sandford Martin
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