This time of year has to be my favourite; the changing of the guard, so to speak...a steady transition of light change, colour change and a bedding down of our gardens. Our Thanksgiving is meant to signify the end of harvest and a celebration thereof; Gratitude to the Gods for giving us a good crop and food to eat on our table.
I woke up this morning with an overwhelming sense of gratitude; recently I saw a post in Facebook that suggested the happiest people were those that were grateful to people who had helped them at various stages in their life. Today, I post an open letter to those people. I promise, it won't be an academy award acceptance speech, just feeling warm and fuzzy today!
To my longest friends, Laura, Ruth, Cathy, Carolyn L, Dan: thank you for you counsel, grace, love and letting me soul puke all over you. You know when that happened and you had the good sense to pick me up, dust me off and above all, make me laugh. Cath, my longest girlfriend, thank you for the New York City organization; I am an organizer and in April, I couldn't work my way out of a wet paper bag. I loved our "to do" list.
To my newer friends, Linda B., Dianne, Hilary, Sheila, Heather V, Rand; thank you for all the new ideas, the incredible love and new open doors and beginnings. I can't wait to see what unfolds with us.
To my work friends: Heather G, Tony H, Ken, Cheri, Darlene, Rosalee, Judi and all those people who dropped food baskets on my door-just thanks.
To my business partner and partner in crime, Linda A: I love you for our bend over laughing and being able to see the ridiculousness in every situation we are in and twisting it to make it even more laughable. You are also tough to my soft and logical to my whimsy. We make a good team.
Thank you to my choir people: I sure like you and special mention to Sandi (adore you), Graham, Rob, other Cheryl B, Nancy,Beverly, Dianne S, Donavon, Jazz, Scott, Louise, Judy and my dear Wendy E-I loved auditioning for your kids (and your daughter keeping me in check, saying I was showing off)-those little parcels of food and notes...touch me to this moment. The choirs' presence for me on December 7, 2012 is a moment I will never forget in my lifetime. I'm crying thinking of it. Sara McLachlin's Angel will always hold a special place in my heart and mind.
Thank you Biological Family: Ma, Lynne, Michele, all those neices and nephews. I was never so proud and blown away than at Georgia's wedding, seeing everyone there and realizing how lucky I am to have all of you in my life...and we're related! This Saturday's celebration of Thanksgiving will be way fun! So glad we're able to get together.
Skyler...Every five years or so, I give Skyler the book "Love you Forever" by Robert Munsch. It is the best book ever written and it is meant for children, but I don't know one mom or dad who hasn't cried reading it. What a rock you are, bud-I'm so happy you're mine-thank you for making me laugh, letting me cry and going to the Caribbean with me in January. Just hurry up and give me some grandbabies or I shall go looking elsewhere for adopted ones.."I love you forever, my baby you'll be."
May your weekend be filled with joy, love and most of all gratitude for the people in your life that make a difference. Have a great Thanksgiving!