Thanksgiving Day I completely revert back to the 8 year old sitting on the sofa in the den covered in quilts in the house I grew up in. My sweet mother already had quilts in place, a scrambled egg sandwich with toasted bread and extra butter and a very big frosty glass of milk waiting for me to watch the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. Oh the parades the people watching and the floats had me captivated. One of the many reasons I love NYC to this day is the parade and growing up on Sesame Street which I associate with NY. I was always up early regardless of what day it was but this day especially I was smiling silently still in my footy pajamas ready to sit glued to the television waiting for the parade to begin. I was serenely happy in my quilted nest not moving until lunch or bathroom breaks. A smile will immediately appear on my face when remembering these Thanksgiving days in my younger years. A scrambled egg sandwich also has the same effect being it was presented to me by my mother on special occasions and to only me. My sister was either never awake or absent on my early morning special occasions. Scrambled egg sandwiches were also given when I was ill – the time I had pneumonia around the age of 12 I existed off these scrambled buttery delights for weeks.
This Thanksgiving I’m oh so grateful for things big and for things small. I’m sitting here in my rather new home to me although an older home (1920) I’ve recently purchased after selling my beloved chalet that’s just a mile away from this one. It was time to turn the page. Coffee by my side in a Starbucks mug printed with North Carolina (that was the trip to get my vintage 1970s Frolic Camper – I love Starbucks mugs). The girls Pip, Cricket and baby Bumble are scattered among my bed watching for squirrels running by on the trees outside my bedroom window. I can hear the wind blowing outside as the wind chimes tinkle tinkle oh how I love that sound. The leaves are rustling. My windows are the wavy glass you see in older homes if the original windows are still in place. The heat is on and humming because its 41 degrees in Atlanta on this 2019 Thanksgiving Day!
I am so very THANKFUL today. A short list of my thankfulness – family, friends, dogs, work, art, life, curiosity, learning, books, travel, estate sales and so much more!
GRATEFUL for this life I was given.
Hopeful for our country- hopeful that communities come together Hopeful that people see it’s OK to be different be respectful of others HOPEFUL people use kindness and learn from one another.
Peaceful. This is something fairly new to me in recent years. I’m at peace. I’m at peace with WHO I am even though I’m not everyone’s cup of tea and that’s OK! Being at peace is something I strive for now. I’m content. I’m happy.
I’m house hopping today – Giving a quick hug and talk to those that I can then headed on a Thanksgiving Day adventure with some girlfriends ending up at the Uncles who are like my parents. Thankful for friends who are like family.
Wishing you ALL a very happy holiday. You are important to me and to so many don’t ever think you are not important to this life and this world.
Find your magic on this day. Keep the memories close to your heart of Thanksgivings past. Cherish the ones you make today. If you don’t make it special, who will?