Thanksgiving Day – 2014

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Thanksgiving Day - 2014

Thanksgiving Day – 2014

Each of us has a great deal for which to be grateful (I happen to think I’m one of the most fortunate people in the world). But Thanksgiving Day is never all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes the Turkey burns or the pie falls flat.

The holiday brings with it idealized notions of large, amicable extended families feasting on plenty. And it’s easy to see those depictions and feel like we somehow fall short of the dream, to varying extents.

Some people are alone. Some are eating with people they really would rather not be with. Others have little to eat or are stuck in hospitals, prisons or other institutions.

At my house, I’m missing some of the family members who once had a seat at my table but I’m even more thankful for those who are there. Life has its twists and turns. Thanksgiving comes and goes each year and no two are exactly the same. That’s because life has its up and downs—as do friendships. It’s often a balancing act trying to ride the waves.

Depending on where you live and whether or not you celebrate the day tomorrow, I hope you find a way to enjoy your day and the people who around you.  I’m so thankful you have shared your friendship stories and quandaries me and other readers, and have made us all better people because of it. Special thanks to Amy Feld and Jacqueline Rodgers who were so particularly helpful and supportive to me and others on this blog over the last year.

My warmest wishes for a day filled with blessings, Irene

[reprinted in part from a post published last Thanksgiving] 

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  1. Amy F says:

    Thanks Irene. You and the blog are definitely things to be thankful for as well.

  2. Lauren says:

    Happy thanksgiving to you and your family and friends, Irene. I also give thanks for finding this wonderful blog, and all of your words of compassion and wisdom.

  3. jacqueline says:

    What a beautiful and well-written post, Irene. I am grateful to have someone like you in my life.

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