Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Thanksgiving is a special time of year and its true meaning is often overlooked. The Pilgrims and the Indians planned the first Thanksgiving as a "let's be friends, eat and enjoy each other's diversity" and as a way of saying "thank you" for everyone and everything they had been blessed with.

The overlooking of this holiday can be blamed on the commercialism that the retail stores have created. Thanksgiving, which is neatly stuffed, (just like the bread and herbs that tastes so good after being cooked in the cavity of the oven-roasted turkey) between two mega-holidays and it somehow loses its purpose.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all we have (perhaps in preparation of Christmas; Santa doesn't bring gifts to those who are not thankful, after all!)

What are you thankful for?

Here is my list:

* I am thankful for a little corner of the blanket on a cold night after my husband rolls over and assumes to be a caterpillar in a cocoon. (Don't let him tell you that I am the one that steals the covers...)

* I am thankful for kids that listen to me - I never have to tell them twice that there's food on the table (especially if it is something special like from one of their favorite restaurants that I stopped by for on the way home from an extra busy day at work.)

* I am thankful for the heater in my van - especially on those minus 30 wind chill days - and for the air conditioner after spending five hours at the Buena Vista County Fair where the sun beats down. (I only wish they both kicked in before I chipped all my teeth from shivering or dripped a bucket of sweat onto the floor's carpet.)

* I am thankful for the conclusion of any sporting event or school event that requires sitting on those hard bleachers - that comes from the BOTTOM of my heart.

* I am thankful for my sister who is 10 years older. She will ALWAYS be older than me (that is what I am most thankful for!) We used to joke about our two wonderful great-aunts - sisters, one in her 90s one in her late 80s when they passed away - that lived in the same town but lived separately. They loved each other dearly but could never have spent more than a few hours together. The younger one razzed the older one about this and that (which I'll do to my older sister when I am good and ready. I can't wait!) We always laughed about them and agreed we'd probably be just like them someday!

* I am thankful for my cats - though my husband sees no point of having animals on the farm if there is no purpose for them. (And I don't care if they haven't done their job of keeping the mice outside! Jumping in the air when I see a mouse in the house, after all, gives me some exercise!)

* I am thankful for weekends. (Who isn't?!) It is not too often that I find myself with nothing to do - either work related or kid related but it is so nice when I can sleep in an extra few minutes. Our youngest doesn't let me sleep in too late - he needs to tell me "things" as soon as he wakes up, perhaps that he is going to play his instrument (no sleeping after that trumpet) or his best excuse, which I've heard quite often is just to say, "I love you mom." I'll take that.

* I am thankful for kisses - Hershey kisses, that is! MMMM chocolate! (Especially on stressful days.)

I have given you a list of thankful things that hopefully have made you chuckle a little but truthfully, there are so many serious things to be thankful for.

I am thankful for my family, my 87-year-old dad, my job, my country and all it stands for, my church and my God.

I hope you will take the time to think of all the things you are thankful for this Thanksgiving season and write them down somewhere. Remember, Santa is coming soon!