Thanksgiving has always been my favourite holiday. Perhaps when I was young it was because it falls around my birthday which I associate with pleasant memories. Now as an adult, and a mother, I really feel that Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. I love the smell of the crisp autumn air, the sound of the crunching leaves, the trees that look like they’ve been splattered with vibrant red, orange and yellow paint. Thanksgiving is also an underrated holidy that carries nearly none of the stress associated with other major holidays. The only thing that one needs to do is to eat turkey and be with family and friends. The whole idea of the holidy appeals to me much more than Christmas, for example. It is a time of year when we stop and take a few minutes to give thanks for what we have in our lives. It has nothing to do with expectations of giving and getting or religion and everything to do with the values that we are trying to impart unto the kids.
It is raining right now, as it often is in Vancouver in the fall, and I am in the midst of preparing for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. The turkey is brining in the fridge, the yams are mashed and topped with pecans and maple syrup, the roasted butternut squash is ready to be heated up, the ice cream is made, and I am sitting on the sofa enjoying a few minutes of quiet while the kids nap. It gives me a few minutes where I can think about all the things in my life for which I am thankful.
I am thankful for a a husband who accepts me for who I am and doesn’t try to change me.
I am thankful to have three beautiful children whom we thought, at one point, that we would never have.
I am thankful for my mom who taught me how to make a proper Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.
I am thankful that we live in a city that is green all year round and for the rain that keeps it that way.
I am thankful for our families who love us despite the distance.
I am thankful for our friends who support us and fill our lives with love and laughter each day.
I am thankful for Australia’s Clare Valley for providing me with the yummiest of all wines.
I am thankful for all the opportunties that I’ve had in my life that have allowed me to learn, travel and grow.
I am thankful for the lessons that I’ve learned along the way that guide my desicions and help me live my life with compassion, integrity and fun.
I am thankful that I was raised in a country that respects people’s human rights and puts value on things that are important to me.
I am thankful for the advances in technology that make my life so much easier in so many ways.
I am thankful for so many things that I can’t possibly mention them all here. But at this moment, I am most thankful that I have three sleeping children!
I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and wish that we could spend time with each one of you. Instead, I will raise my glass tomorrow and toast all of you and give thanks that you are part of my life.