I will be sharing Thanksgiving away from home and with my son's future in-laws whom I have only met twice. It will be a long drive and a bit of an experience, but I am sure by the end of the day I will be thankful that I didn't have to cook, didn't have to hostess, didn't have to eat with just the two of us and didn't have to bite my tongue once over something not worth such behavior.
Thus I am thankful that:
- The holiday catalogs that will fill my mailbox on my return are not overdue bills.
- The candles I light tonight are for beauty and not because of lack of electricity.
- The fire in my fireplace tonight before departure is not the only warmth in my house.
- The clothes that I pack are well-worn but by me and not a stranger.
- The long drive that I take will be to see friends and not to seek shelter.
- The food I eat will not be the only warm food I have had that day.
- The stories I hear will be followed by laughter and not tears.
- The photos I take will be for smiles and not for insurance assessments.
- The tours I take will be to see places for the rehearsal dinner and not the damaged neighborhood.
- The thing broken will be my diet promises to myself and not something rare that I loved.
- The loss will be the passage of time but not whole days in my life.
- The hugs I share with others will be for the future and not to forget the recent past.
- The thankfulness I give will be no less sincere than that of others on this planet.
(posted early due to travel)