I have much to be thankful for when Thanksgiving rolls around each year.
When I was a child I was thankful for having no school for a few days, for all of the delicious food my mom would be serving and the wonderful deserts. Our family always started out with stuffed artichokes, lasagna, meatballs, sausage and home made bread. The next course was when the turkey and all the trimmings were served. We always had family and friends at our home celebrating with us, some would come for the entire dinner others would arrive when dessert was being served and still others would pop in at any time. There was always plenty of cousins around to play with and an abundance of food to share. When we were all seated at the table along with the food, one of us would say the prayer and then each of us children had to say what we were thankful for, it varied with each of us but always included our mom and dad.
As the years passed and we married and had families of our own and extended families of our spouses, we kept the tradition going. Each year around February or March depending on date Easter would fall on my sisters and I would decide which one of us would host each holiday and we all showed up at that home along with our children.
Now that our children are grown and have families of their own and some of us live in different states. I live in Florida along with my daughter and her family but, we still celebrate with the same traditions. Now days it is not at my table due to the fact that my beautiful daughter had taken the reins. My sons live in New York along with many of my other family members, others live in Nevada and California so they celebrate with their families, in-laws and friends. However we always call each other. We usually try to find out what time dinner will be served and then call at that time. My daughter does a wonderful job with keeping our family traditions going. She even invites people who will be alone and if I ask her to invite friends of mine that I know will also be alone she never refuses and we always have room for all.
This year I turned seventy three and the sands of time are flying by so much faster than then I would like. I am thankful for many things but most of all I am thankful for being able to see my grown children raising their beautiful families and for still being able to celebrate Thanksgiving with them and my grandchildren. I am especially thankful to my daughter Melissa for hosting the holiday’s so beautifully. Although she works a full time job as does her husband Brian and they have two beautiful girls that are nine and two she still manages to keep the traditions that were started so many years ago intact and does it with the most beautiful smile on her face. We are truly blessed.
I wish all of my family and fiends including my internet friends a very Happy Blessed Thanksgiving.