“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
― Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance
the grocery and to do lists have been made and checked off
and he is doing one last run to the store
as i sit and write this,
taking a break from the cooking i have been doing
all day long. . .
some of our kids will be here tonight
arriving in pairs, with their dogs
and by this time tomorrow
they all will be here and house will be full
a bit chaotic, but good
"A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones."
— Arthur Conan Doyle
i am reflecting tonight about how i have worked
on practicing gratitude this year. . .
taught myself to take note and acknowledge tiny details
and small nuances, recognizing them for the gifts
they are, the gifts that make up my life
and help to sustain me during each day
be it full of light or darkness
"Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude."
— A. A Milne, Winnie the Pooh
and tonight as i sit and wait
for all my kids to come home, in pairs,
with their families,
and their dogs . . .
i think about how much
i have to grateful for,
and i am humbled
and feel so fortunate
and so, so thankful
i wish you a blessed Thanksgiving,
a day full of family and friends
good food, laughter and love