Today is Thanksgiving. I am here writing this column eating my Thanksgiving feast of Beefaroni. I took a drive around town and it was about as close to a ghost town as I had seen in a while. I take it that everyone is celebrating with family and friends or maybe there are a few people like myself simply grateful to not have to work and find some time to simply relax.
A few months ago, I would have thought that I would be making a fat turkey and stuffing and baking a pie with my ex-boyfriend, but that did not come to pass. He was at brunch with new friends he had acquired.
One of my business clients called me from New York City, where had had gone last minute to visit his mother. He seemed happy to be there with her, and I was so touched that he took the time to call me and wish me a happy holiday.
I then began thinking about my mother and though my memory of her is fragmented at best, I had some time on my hands and began to surf the web to see what information if any was out there about her. To my chagrin, there was nothing I could find.
Thanksgiving is an interesting event; there are so many people that take it so seriously, spending this one occasion giving thanks for their blessings or for the family and people in their lives. I personally find it more effective to simply give thanks year around. I received a surprising amount of text messages today wishing me the best, and what was really surprising was that the majority of the messages were from people that are relatively new acquaintances in my life. Long-term friendships has never been my strong suit and if I had not sent a text to my ex, I am sure I would not have received one, so the situation begs the question: what it is about me that keeps
me so distant or moreover so alienable from people?
What did you do on Thanksgiving? Were you with people you truly cared about or just around people to avoid the sense of loneliness that so many people feel around the holidays? What did you give thanks for? I am here eating my can of noodles in red sauce, which by the way is pretty tasty and economical as well. I am writing a column about all of this while at the same time thinking of what it is that I am most appreciative and thankful for, and I have come to this one conclusion: I am thankful to be able to be here; to be able to spend each week and share my thoughts and stories with all of you.
To know that each week, somewhere, someone is reading my column and hopefully being touched in some way, finding that there is someone out there who thinks about something the way I do, or feels what I have felt or perhaps just creating a virtual bridge between myself and my readers. That is a great blessing for me.
So this week I write about what I am most thankful for. It is YOU! Thank you for giving me a voice and for allowing me to enter your minds and hopefully your hearts for a moment each week. It is my sincere wish that you find new and wonderful things to be thankful for.
Well, until next week, God bless!