Fall has always been my favorite time of the year and I have often thought how ironic that is because it is a time when Mother Nature is preparing her world for a long winter sleep. However, before she does that she blesses us with some of the most breathtaking colours one can imagine. I gather she figured that if you are going to go out, you should do so in a blaze of glory.
Along with fall, comes Thanksgiving and as I write this it is Monday and we have an amazing sunny, warm and glorious day to celebrate. My husband is golfing, I am going to take the dog for a long walk in the tree farm and tonight we will have six for dinner. Our parents are no longer with us so we will not have them at the table this year and my sister lives too far away to pop in. However, we will have one of our three daughters with us along with good friends to help us break bread and share the feast.
As I was looking out the window this morning at the leaves turning their brilliant red, orange and yellow colours I could not help but think how lucky I am for the life I live and how thankful I am for:
- Each day that I wake up to live another one
- The chance to love another amazing man after losing my first one way too early
- My wonderful daughter and for the two new ones I gained when I married my second
- Wonderful parents who raised me to believe that whatever I wanted to accomplish and whoever I wanted to be was within my control
- My sister and the journey we have been on together
- My amazing friends
- The beautiful home my husband and I have built together
- My good health and the health of my loved ones
- A wonderful labradoodle who came into our lives just over four years ago and the additional joy he has brought into this house
- The opportunity to make a difference in this world
- The freedom I enjoy because of the men and women who serve in our military and keep us safe from harm. Thank you for your service.
By the time you read this Canadian Thanksgiving will have come and gone but I encourage you to keep the spirit of thanks in your heart. Remember to tell the ones you love and your friends how important they are to you every day not just once a year. A simple touch like this will remain long after the turkey leftovers are gone!