Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving by Barbara Quinn

It’s Thanksgiving!

Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce. Sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie. Lots of other ethnic goodies to make the celebration your own.

I am grateful for this all inclusive holiday that everyone in the United States can celebrate. What a great idea to gather together and give thanks. We do have so much to be thankful for.

Sure there are family squabbles, and cooking disasters, and the same old family stories may get boring at times. But what a joy it is to be together, to share our happiness, and our struggles, to let each other know that we do care about one another. We can find ourselves in the act of communing with others. It’s a warm part of being human. Happiness is empty unless it is shared. That may sound like a platitude, but it is true so get out there and share it!

For those who don’t have a place to go on this holiday, or who are strapped for funds, I wish you a better future. Times are difficult for many. I am old enough to know that things do change and we do turn things around. I hope your situation changes soon. Thanks go out to all the workers and volunteers who take the time to provide meals on days like this to those less fortunate. Thanks go out to all who donate to food banks for they are more strapped than ever.

For those who have loved ones away in service who cannot be with them at this holiday, please know that we are grateful for what you and they endure. Our service people have my sincerest thanks and gratitude for being willing to serve our country.

For those who have lost loved ones, please know that in time the pain will soften and will allow you to have joy again. We don’t forget our loved ones. We keep them in our hearts and find a place for the pain. They are still with us at the holidays and still can bring us joy in the good memories we have of the times spent with them.

For those who give their precious time to the Rose & Thorn ezine, and to the ladies of the yog, thank you. It's a privilege to journey with you.

From my house and heart to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

7 comments:

Kathryn Magendie said...

And back to you, Barb *smiling*

and to you, Yog Friends...

and those of you who stop by

Happy Thanksgiving

Angie Ledbetter said...

May everyone have a cornucopia full of all the good things, today and always.

Anonymous said...

To all the YOG crew, have a Happy Thanksgiving. It has been fun keeping up this year.
Oren (FOA)

Barbara Quinn said...

And thanks go right back at you, Oren. Thanks for reading and commenting. It's been a great year.

Ami said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Barb and all the YOGers! I'm thankful for your regular reminders to be thankful.

Patresa Hartman said...

happy thanksgiving!

and thank you for welcoming me into the yog. :)

Barbara Quinn said...

Ami, Thank YOU for being a part of this effort!

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