...it's been on my mind a lot. Thanksgiving. Did you know that the Pilgrims made seven times more graves than houses? Even in the midst of their impoverished existence they still found the time to be grateful. They still were able to set apart a day of thanks.
I admit I try to be grateful when things are going well. It's easy to give thanks for the everyday luxuries that we take for granted...a home, food, a car, clothes, pets. And of course we always say thanks for our family and friends. But when times are difficult how often do we set aside a time to give thanks? Not for the difficult times but for the gifts we have been given during those times, the ones that get us through, the simplest of joys.
I took a moment today to stop and think...actually dig down deep in my heart and give gratitude for the more unusual gifts in my life.
My parents; even though they raised me during the turbulent 60's they still managed to teach me respect, for myself and others. They taught me faith and gave me an exemplary example of what a good marriage should be. I never told them how much I appreciated all they gave up for me, all they did for me. They didn't have it easy and yet they instilled a sense of values and family to their children that lives on and on. Thank you Pop and TT.
Waldorf salad and stuffed dates; two of my favourite holiday dishes, handmade by my mother whose wretched arthritic hands could barely hold a knife. It was truly a treat that was made with love and something I enjoy even now. If I close my eyes I can picture her rolling those walnut stuffed dates in powdered sugar and laying them on a crystal dish. I used to bring home the leftover salad and dates and eat them for breakfast the next day!
The secret stuffing recipe; for years and years after my folks died I tried and tried to make the family stuffing recipe. Year after year I failed. I could not figure out what I was doing wrong. It seems that my mother never wrote down the recipe but my brother was able to get it out of her, and he wisely wrote it down. It seems the secret to her stuffing and my downfall was something as simple as poultry seasoning. I've got it now!
Health; even though I have a lack of it I am quite happy to have any at all. Things are not easy with this disease and it's horrible complications but so far we have managed to get through it together. When one person in the family has a disease the entire family has a disease and if we don't work together then it will be me against the world. I am stable and for now that is more than I can expect or hope for.
Turner Movie Classics; I'm a night owl. Getting to bed before 3am is an early night for me. That's probably why I enjoy naps so much! And I love TMC...classic movies from the 40's are the best in my book and a great way to spend the late night sitting next to my hubby while he sleeps in front of the t.v...we don't have a television in our bedroom so we just sit up all night long with the classics!
So how about you...can you dig down deep in your heart and share an unusual blessing?