Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite time of year. Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas it is the most commercially overlooked holiday of the ‘holiday season’. It stands as a reminder once a year, to take time away from our hustle for more, to be thankful for what we have, be it big or small. I am blessed daily to have a day job I love, a business that makes me happy, family that supports me and friends that love me. I’m not limited by my community or my address as I have friends across the earth.
As I write this I am sitting in my cousin’s restaurant listening to small groups chatter and catch up. (Not that most of us didn’t just see each other at the family reunion the end of September.) Having a restaurant kitchen to prepare a meal in is kinda awesome in its own right. For me, the tradition to travel with Ma to Troy started just a few years ago. The year my grandma passed away (in October) was the first year they had a family gathering here. Ma and I decided to come up. And we have continued to return every year, just us, as well as a summer trip about every other summer. Since switching positions at my day job this year I really had to sweat out getting my vacation to come up here. But here I am.
Thankful lists have become more and more prominent this year. On Facebook, I have several friends doing a post a day of what they are thankful for. While it is nice to see the heart of the season becoming more than just a ‘day to eat turkey and watch football, well after the parade of course’, I wish we as a culture (myself included) where more in-tune to be thankful for our blessings throughout the year. Think how many little things we encounter each day throughout the year that we are too busy to notice.
I’m thankful for the holidays. I am thankful for a supportive family. I am thankful for loving friends. I am thankful for a job that I do love. I am thankful for a business that brings me happiness. I am thankful for Munchkin, MooMoo, and Goobie who bring me constant learning experiences. And that is just a highlight of the big ones. There is not enough space to list out everything I have to be thankful for.
At this moment, I am thankful for You, the reader, who took time from your day to read about mine. May your day be filled with love, laughter, memories, and gratitude for all of life’s moments big and small!