I would like to wish all my readers a very Happy Thanksgiving Day. May your celebration be filled with family, friends, and good food.
As we stuff ourselves with helpings of mash potatoes and pumpkin pie, we spare a thought or two for the things we are thankful for…the roof over our head, the heater that keeps our house warm, a weekly paycheck, food on the table, friends to laugh with, family with a shared history, our animal companions, the good weather we enjoy most of the year, and so much more.
This year I find myself thinking about the people in the Gulf Coast. I am thankful that I was not living in that region when one of the many hurricanes hit. How lucky I am to live in California and still have family close by and a house to live in! I think about all those people whose lives have been shattered. I hope that they will get back on their feet soon. I hope the government will do it’s job and help them out. And, I hope that those 6,000+ people who are still on the missing persons list will turn up safe. If not, I pray that families will find out what happened to their loved ones so that they may grieve and find closure.
So many Americans will not have a Thanksgiving feast this year. As this is the beginning of the holiday season, let’s keep them all in our thoughts and prayers. And, if you have something to share, pass it on to those who are in need. Send a donation to a local food bank, help collect toys for tots, clean out your close and donate those things you haven’t used in years women’s shelter, homeless shelter, or other organization.
Thanksgiving reminds us that we have so much to be thankful for.
[I’ll be taking a break from the blog from the next couple of days to enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays…see you next week!]