It’s been just a little over a week now since the turkey came out of the oven and the pumpkin pie graced the dinner table and our tummies.
Now that the leftovers are finally gone, I’d like to take a moment and share with you the events of the past week in my life. While many people have been busy decorating for the upcoming holidays, shopping for gifts, and spending time with friends and family, I have tried to take the opportunity to look back over my life and reflect on the many blessings I have received.
We had two Thanksgiving celebrations this year, one with my family the weekend before Thanksgiving and another with my wife’s family on Thanksgiving Day.
My brother works for the railroad, and his crew was scheduled to work over the Thanksgiving holiday and was not able to take the day off. It worked out well, because they live a few hours south of us and we always enjoy spending the night and part of the following day in Tucson, where both my wife and I went to college.
This year, we were able to enjoy the trip at our leisure and not feel hurried or rushed to get from one place to the next.
As my wife and I returned home from Thanksgiving with my family, we talked about how we looked forward to spending time with her family in the coming days.
Later, the phone ringing in middle of the night awakened us; it was my mother. My father had been taken to the hospital with severe stomach pain. The following day, he had emergency surgery to repair a hernia that had pinched a portion of his small intestine.
Of course we feared the worst, but thankfully the doctors were skilled and repaired his hernia, and my dad is now recovering at home.
We spent Thanksgiving Day back in Tucson with my wife’s family. This was the first Thanksgiving that afforded us the opportunity to spend with her grandmother. Her grandmother moved to Arizona earlier this year from Massachusetts. She is in her mid-nineties and now lives in an assisted living home not far from my wife’s mom and stepfather.
One of the benefits of her moving out here is that we now get to see her every month instead of just once a year, and we cherish every moment we get to share with her.
Before I close, I need to take a moment and share my gratitude for my friends in social media. Over the last few years, I have made many new friends and I am grateful for each and every one of you. Some of you I have had the pleasure of meeting in person, and some of you I have yet to meet.
The last few months have been nothing short of a struggle for me regarding my career. I’m in the middle of trying to get my business up and running again, and without the encouragement and support of many of my friends and family, I don’t think I would be as confident and successful as I am today. Thank you all.
As we continue into this holiday season, I challenge you to keep your sense of “Thanksgiving” into the coming year.
I have learned many things over my lifetime, and one thing I find I keep returning to is this: The more I give thanks for the blessings in my life, the more that I am blessed.
Do you have any Thanksgiving stories from this year that you would like to share? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to leave a comment below, send me a tweet, or even an email. I look forward to hearing from you.
Have a great weekend!
Boyd Coleman is a landscape architect in Phoenix, Arizona. He can be reached on twitter at @CDGLA or email: firstname.lastname@example.org