Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks and a Happy Birthday



Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. On this holiday, people take time to get together with family and friends, to reflect on their blessings, to eat good food and watch hopefully good football. On this holiday, there is no presupposition of a gift exchange, which, in my opinion, makes it better than Christmas.





In general, I am thankful for the same sorts of things other people are thankful for. I'm thankful for my family and friends, my health, my job, the roof over my head and the food on my table. I'm thankful for our nation and all that it offers us, even when economic crisis is all around us. We live in freedom, are free to practice any religion we see fit, live as we wish, and pursue our dreams. I'm thankful for this planet and the beauty of its many majesties.


I'm definitely thankful for this guy...


...and for my furry children.


I am thankful for all of my family near and far, and I wish them the very best this Thanksgiving. I miss my family in Indiana on holidays like this. I wish I lived closer to them, because I miss them so much and so often. I cherish when we are able to visit and the ways in which we remain important in each other's lives. There is no place where I feel more loved and accepted than when I'm visiting with my Indiana family. I'm reminded of a quote from the movie Garden State - I know, a cinematic masterpiece - but the quote is good: "Maybe that's all family really is. A group of people who miss the same imaginary place." I guess maybe that's it - all of my Indiana family and I know that same place.




Don't get me wrong, I love my life - my job, my friends and my in-law family - in Dallas, but on this issue, I'm a girl conflicted. I constantly feel pulled between loving my life here and wishing I were in Indiana. When I left Indiana for college, I really never thought I'd still be gone. But, I fell in love with this wonderful Texan, have found a wonderful job and great friends, and here I am. So, today especially, I give a shout out to my Indiana family, saying a big HELLO and I LOVE YOU.





There are so many people who are not as blessed as I am. I know I take for granted all I've been given, and I should do more every day to be a good steward of my money, this land, and those around me, to name a few. I think its equally as important on this Thanksgiving day to reflect on my response to my blessings, and do what I can to make sure that my response is appropriate.

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Cheryl and her granddaughter, Alexandra.

Today is also my mother-in-law, Cheryl's birthday. So, after she fixes a huge meal for her growing family, (which she really enjoys doing and insists on) we'll stop to wish her a nice day and another wonderful year. I hope her birthday is a happy one and she has many more happy birthdays.

Today, incidentally, was also my Nana's birthday - my mom's mother - so I guess little Alexandra and I have something in common. My Nana would have been 95 today if she were still living! I miss her, and think of all the fond memories I have of her each year on this day, too.

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I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving day and weekend, whatever your plans. Best wishes to you and yours.

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