Thanksgiving is to me … great food, better desserts. intentional time with family, near and far. the sound of football coming from the television, never really watching it. the one day I don’t mind doing a puzzle or playing games. smooching on my Mister. loving on my kids. all day long.
However. Being Grateful. Giving Thanks. this is something I do almost every day. It has become a staple in my life that I rely on. for happiness. for sanity. for understanding.
This necessity has derived from the embarking on an rather large move from AZ to VT. This experience has been something of a rebirth if you will. A rebirth in life with my husband, life with my children, and certainly a whole new life with myself.
The highs have been very high… The smell of summer, fall, winter and spring. The taste of fresh farm corn. The breathtaking scenery, everywhere. The careening down a snowy mountain with a board strapped to my feet. Boats. Lakes, rivers, ponds. Hikes, walks, rides. lazy hot days, cozy winter ones. Fires. and just about everything else.
Now, you-may-not-believe-this-but, it is the lows that have made this experience the very best. Struggles, heartache, distance, drained accounts, little lofts, difficult people, starting over, anxiety, depression, and a few what the … ‘s???
It is in those low moments that bonded our family together like I could have never imagined possible. In the blood, sweat and tears it took, is taking, to survive here … to thrive here, we found hugs and kisses and holding on and laughter … we found each other.
We found gratitude here like I have never known. And I have found a new appreciation for almost everything I can think of.
So … tomorrow I will celebrate with my family, a day that we can spend all together. I will soak it in and relax in the goodness.
I will spend the rest of the time, between now until next Thanksgiving, being grateful for all of the good. and I will look for the good in all of the bad. because come to find out, they are one in the same.
I wish you all a very special day tomorrow and hope you are able to soak in some food and family and friends.
Mister Witt and I in our browns and greens Thanksgiving 2000 something.