Over 390 years ago when the pilgrims and native Americans had the first Thanksgiving celebration they couldn’t have imagined we’d still be continuing the event today.
They came together to give thanks for the autumn harvest. Even though the holiday also has a focus on food, football and holiday shopping millions of Americans still come together and give thanks for the blessings in their lives.
The first celebrants might not recognize the foods and other traditions of Thanksgiving today but I think they’d be perfectly at home that last part.
Gratitude for Family
My husband and I are grateful for our good health, my job and our home. But that’s one blessing that trumps all. It is family.
I took family for granted until I lost my father 12 years ago. Then my husband lost his mom the following year. Time with family became very important to us.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve lost our remaining parents along with other family members and friends and we treasure our memories of them.
What Really Matters
Those losses have changed us. These two type-A personalities have been mellowed by life’s blow.
We no longer get all bent out of shape when things don’t go as planned. My husband says “at least no one got hurt” and I add “that’s what really matters”.
I wish we had learned this long ago, but am grateful we learned. Thursday I’ll be giving thanks for that wisdom along with the people I love. What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?