Sunday, October 11, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving



Yes, we crazy Canadians have to be different.
We have Thanksgiving in October instead of November as they do in the U.S.
Not sure why?
In England we had Harvest Festival.
I think that was sort of giving thanks for the bountiful harvest.

Anyway today or tomorrow, in Canada, we will sit down and eat, drink and be merry.
And give thanks.

So, in no particular order of importance, and with many omissions, here's my list.
  • I'm thankful for my other half. 38 years and counting. We met when we were teenagers and we are still together and growing old together. Go figure.
  • I'm thankful for all the mistakes I've made because they've each taught me a lesson. 
  • I'm thankful that I know that all things will pass, and what doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
  • I'm thankful for the people in my family because they love me unconditionally: Go figure.
  • I'm thankful for the people in my life who are no longer here. I have the memory of their lives to recall, their example of right and wrong to inspire me and to learn from. They are never forgotten. I learn from what they left behind.
  • I'm thankful that God put me where He did. He found the right place here on earth for me.
  • I'm thankful for my kids. Somewhere I did something right to be given such a blessing.
  • I'm thankful for their partners. My amazing daughters in law and my daughter's lovely boyfriend. All amazing people. Each one with truly a kind heart and a generous soul.
  • I'm thankful that Jenn will be able to come home to spend time with us in just another 10 days.
  • I'm thankful for my grandchildren. The joy they bring is immeasurable.
  • I'm thankful for my friends, many who've been around for a lifetime.
  • I'm thankful that I am not wealthy because I am rich.
  • I'm thankful for good health.
  • I'm thankful for people who give me a break.
  • I'm thankful for second chances, for fresh starts and for being able to wipe the slate clean. 
  • I'm thankful for forgiveness. Both for being able to give and for being allowed to receive.  
  • I'm thankful for the hardships in my life because they made me stronger. They taught me what is important.
  • I'm thankful that this Monday Ian gets his own big bowl of trifle and his own family is back together again.
  • I'm thankful for Great Nanny Noo Noo. She's more like a mother to me than a Mother in Law.
  • I'm thankful for my four brothers and my little sister. We know we have each other. 
and now, in the words of some very wise poet or other
I offer you my Thanksgiving blessing:

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your THIGHS


SO LET'S EAT!

14 comments:

karen gerstenberger said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! We'll be with you in spirit; we love Canada, and we love Thanksgivng.
Your gratitude list is good and long (I like that). Trifle? YUM! Blessings to you and all those you love.

ChiTown Girl said...

What a beautiful post! And, I'll be back in November to totally steal that blessing!! ;-)

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is great. I now wish we had dual citizenship so we could share both THanksgivings together.
Your thankful list is beautiful Clippy...really it is perfect.
You are such a wonderful person, you deserve all the sweetness of life. Thank you for sharing!!!!
XOXO
Suz

Steve said...

A life full of thanks is a good one! Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving Day!

C said...

this is one reason ive missed you- so many beautiful thoughts, and you are truly a very beautiful person. its no wonder why so many people love you! god bless you always pat, and many many more blessings sent your way.

i love that blessing at the end, its so funny!

love,

c

Anonymous said...

awww mom youre so sweet, family and happiness is so important and we have all of this. thanks for making me appreciate the important things in life.
i cant wait to spend time with you and it will be so much fun!
love you

Jenn xxxx

Kee said...
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Kee said...

I can't see through the tears to comment. So sweet, so true, so very blessed we are! Can't wait for trifle and pigs in a blankie. We are so lucky to have you. I must print this and put away to read in years to come. Love you xoxoxox

Pam said...

Happy Thanksgiving!
Your list is long which means you have a very happy life and I'm glad about that. I hope you have a lovely time with your family.

Sara said...

I am thankful for you. Beautiful post. You are very lucky.

Love you
Sara xx

Crazy Mo said...

What a wonderful list. I especially liked "I'm thankful that I am not wealthy because I am rich." Well said.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Clippy Mat!

Gypsy said...

Happy Belated Thanksgiving and may you continue to be as blessed as you are right now. Wonderful heartfelt list.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Bless you, darling Clipstress! Mwah! xxooxx