This is our Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. A bit early this year as it's the second Monday in October.
Many of us are rushing around getting things done without even stopping to pause WHY we have Thanksgiving. So sad, in my opinion.
Back in the 1990's, I worked at a little store near the town we lived in. I got tired of listening to the crankiness of the local ladies with all the extra work. I finally started asking the regulars, "Hey, it's Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for?" Some of them stopped and thought a minute. I took them out of their thought loop and tried to change their thinking.
Yes, it's my day off. Yes, I have a TON of stuff to do! I have an apartment to clean, food to prepare, laundry to do...the list goes on to make today pretty full and then some as nothing got done yesterday. I was at a birthday party 2 1/2 hours away for a 1 year old. But all this reminds me I have a roof over my head, even though it's not my farmhouse that I would like. I have a lot of food to prepare to feed my hungry mass tomorrow. I have the stuff to clean our clothes, running water to do it in with an automatic washer and dryer. I miss my clothesline, but can't have it all. My dad's mother never knew the luxury of running water. Dad didn't either until I was a baby and we moved. Dad didn't have hydro until he was 17, and we enjoy that luxury everyday. As for the birthday party, we have family that care enough to invite us. Hubby had to work and it's my weekend off. We both have jobs. Mine doesn't pay a whole lot for the responsibility I have, but it helps pay the bills. Like the payment for our Jeep and insurance so hubby can get back and forth to work. There's nothing owing on the car I drive, but thankful for the four wheels that take me back and forth where I need to go.
We were able to go on a vacation this year to the place hubby wanted to take me on our honeymoon last year. Hurricane Maria thwarted that idea last year but we went somewhere else.
Last year, hubby and I got married.
Hubby had mentioned to his son about where he wanted to take me for a honeymoon. Son said he would take care of it. Him and his girlfriend along with 14 other family members chipped in as a SURPRISE to pay for the honeymoon for us! THAT is love and something to be thankful for! My brother and his wife give us a chunk of U.S. money in small bills for tips. Yes, so much to be thankful for. Which is why I asked my daughter to make this sign for the door at the wedding:
Most of all, grateful to our Father God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Without them, we are nothing.
Grateful for family, friends, pets that love us, home, food, jobs, our senses,...start counting your blessings right down to the smallest detail and you will find your list is almost neverending!
Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends that take the time to read this.
To everyone, be thankful each and every day. Life is a gift and a blessing, even though times get tough. We've all been there! Been there more times than I want to count. Makes me more appreciative of life now.
Stay blessed my friends!