On Monday, Deborah posted about how her Thanksgivings have changed in recent years, especially with kids living far away. Oh, did that ever strike a chord with me. And I’m going to join in with some of my own thoughts on the same topic.
Thanksgivings and Christmases are very different for us these days, especially since my youngest daughter and her family (including my three youngest grandchildren) moved to Texas. I only get to see them for a short visit about every two years, and it just hasn’t worked out for it to be one of these winter holidays. Let me tell you, that stinks. And my oldest daughter and her husband (the kids are adults now and often do their own things) always go to his family’s cabin for Christmas Eve/Day which means our Christmas celebrations with them happen early.
As for Thanksgiving, I hosted it for many, many years, but my oldest took it over after I downsized my home. In fact, the first year may have been the one when (1) I shattered my ankle, (2) my mom passed away, and (3) I was diagnosed with cancer. I do remember how thankful I was not to have to think about entertaining that year.
One thing I have learned after living 6+ decades, life doesn’t stay the same. Kids grow up and marry into other families. Sometimes they move away. Then grandkids grow up and start doing their own things. Parents get ill, perhaps pass away. Traditions that we think will never change suddenly are forced to change for all kinds of reasons. And it can be so hard to let go.
But as difficult as it can be, there is still so much to be thankful for. For the record, thanksgiving shouldn’t just be a holiday one day a year. It should be a daily attitude of our hearts. When I find myself feeling wistful for days of yore, I try to remind myself of that.
Things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving?
- That Jerry’s life was spared in his auto accident on the freeway and for our marriage
- For my daughters and their husbands and their children and all the wonderful memories that crowd my mind when I think of them
- For the many friends who have entered my life over the years; how very blessed I am!
- For our church home and the extended spiritual family God has given me as a believer
- For Poppet and Pinky and the hours and hours of enjoyment these two pets bring to our lives
And to all of you, my Inspired by Life and Fiction family. I am so thankful for you. May your hearts overflow with thanksgiving, tomorrow and every day yet to come.