The time has come. I can’t believe it is here. We are just two days away from Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving. Sometimes I think Thanksgiving doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, overshadowed by the flashier holidays of Halloween and Christmas. Thanksgiving deserves its day in the sun.
How can anyone not like a holiday set aside to spend time with loved ones and to be thankful? I know that we should be thankful each and every day, but we all know that we can get mired in the day-to-day woe-is-me’s sometimes. We should love and cherish our significant others every day that we are blessed to have them, but it doesn’t hurt to have a day set aside for romance on Valentine’s Day. We should appreciate our mothers, fathers and grandparents all the time, but celebrating them and showing them a bit of extra attention on those special days makes sense as well. I believe we should value what it means to be citizens of the United States and to respect the men and women of our military who fight for our freedoms year-round, but Memorial Day, July 4th and Veterans Day serve as special reminders.
Needless to say, it is time to once again count my blessings. I am grateful for my faith because without it in would creep doubts, worry, fear and anxiety. I’m not saying I never experience those emotions, but I do 100% believe in the F.R.O.G. method; I Fully Rely On God! I have an old needlepoint sampler that so aptly states, “Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday.” Worry doesn’t do anything for us. Instead, I look forward to talking to God every day, praying for others and praying for myself. I look forward to my time in church to worship with others in my faith family, to spend time with my mother, and to again shift my focus heavenward and my larger purpose.
I am so thankful for my family, especially the wonderful parents who raised me and my two older brothers. My father is no longer physically with me here on earth, but he is ever-present in my heart, my mind, my decision-making, my behavior, my faith, the standards to which I hold myself, my sense of humor, and so much more. I do my best to talk to my mom every day. Fortunately for both of us, she lives just a few blocks from me. We often take art classes together, and we attend church together every Sunday, then enjoy lunch and errands. I am grateful for my two older brothers, both of whom are extremely smart and have worked hard and excelled in their chosen careers, because there was no way I could come along six years after them and drop the ball on my education or my behavior. Their success was great motivation for me.
I thank God every day for blessing me with my best friend and the most wonderful husband I could ever want. My husband Bruce is my true partner, and he is so supportive of me, my hobbies, my quirks, my work, my volunteer activities, etc. I love spending time with him, no matter what we do, but especially spending time outside. We love to hike and explore in the woods, immersing ourselves in the natural world, appreciating God’s creation. I have written in prior columns about our trips to go paddling and cruising trails, mud puddles, and mountains on our UTV. Bruce has strong faith, and we uplift one another.
As I wrote about last week, I am truly thankful for the unconditional love provided by the animals with whom we share our home, our 11-year-old dog Sunny and our newly adopted kitten Quigley. Our furry friends offer us companionship and entertainment. They snooze happily in our laps. They employ their lovely eyes to quietly implore for treats. They play with us and with each other. There may be messes to clean — litter boxes, food crumbs, water/slobber drips, toys and rolling tumbleweeds of fluff — but the love and warmth that animals bring to a home is well worth it.
On a recent work trip to a local school, I noticed a lovely mural on the wall in homage to Dr. Seuss. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, let us endeavor to be grateful for each day we are given, even the bad ones, and all of the blessings in our lives, even the small ones. When we stop to think about it, we are far more blessed than we realize. Remember what Dr. Seuss said, “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”
Christina Wells lives in Halifax with her husband, Bruce, and their dog, Sunny.