Thanksgiving is my favorite of the big holidays. Family, food, fun. There isn't any stress about gifts. You can just be.
For nineteen years I prepared the meal. Last year, my brother's family took it on and I have to say, it is lovely to be going as a guest. We play a rousing game of kickball - adults versus kids. The adults cheat. We lie about the score. We still lose. By a lot. These kids are GOOD, that's what the playground teaches you. Ringers I tell you.
Six adults, eight kids at the house. Jane is baking pies. If you are Facebook friends with her you realize this was QUITE the adventure for her yesterday. We're on mashed potatoes. We have a pie too - we bought it from the Math National Honor Society - seriously. Kim and Tom are on the rest of it.
I am going to implement a written thought on gratitude after reading how my friend Cara does it. We have long waxed poetically about it. Today, I am in charge of doing it via the written word.
My sister Annemarie will gather with her family on the farm; there is no doubt the whole family is excited to have her eldest home.
My mom is gathered with her sisters in Florida.
I have two friends handling balloons in the Macy's parade! This is a shout out to Jack, who is working on the Julius balloon, and Ilona, who is working on Snoopy.
As always, Elaine is in NYC with the Rockettes. Her husband, Joe, is working at Radio City at the Christmas Spectacular.
There are legions of people working all over America at behind the scenes jobs and in your face jobs and perhaps, their Thanksgiving gathering will be with co-workers.
Yes, there are people working in retail today. And at restaurants. And diners. The movie theater. And plenty of bars. It is how they pay their bills.
There are thousands of deployed military far, far from home.
There are people alone.
I read recently that it is difficult to have a mantra in the English language; English doesn't have the same vibration as Sanskrit or Tibetan. However, it was further discussed, if we were to have one, the most powerful one that can be said in English is this: Thank You.
I wish you a glorious day however you spend it. Take a moment to practice the amazing mantra and delight in gratitude; of getting through yet another year of being you.
Always be grateful. Give thanks for all that you have, no matter how little or how much that may be. Thank your grandmother for wonderful cheekbones, than your fourth-grade teacher for getting you that special book on how bridges are built. When you get through another day, say Thank you to God or Goddess or whoever you believe is in charge. Be thankful for the music that leaves make when tickled by a warm breeze; be thankful for the rain. When your promotion comes through, say Thank you. When a friend lets you sleep on her sofa because you can't be anywhere else, say Thank you. Be thankful that you have two arms and legs that work. If you don't, be thankful you still have a heart with which to give thanks.