I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
~Henry David Thoreau
Thanksgiving is a day I have set aside to take time to consider what I am truly thankful for: The health and well being of my sons. Everything else is, as they say, gravy (an appropriate reference today).
I had a very sick baby – in pediatric intensive care – on a long ago Thanksgiving. He recovered, and has grown up to be a fine man, and a wonderful person. I am so lucky. Those dark days in the hospital, though, made it very clear to me what I should be thankful for.
Every year since, I have cooked a huge Thanksgiving dinner for family, friends, my table is open to all this day. Some years I have a big crowd, some years a small group. But every year, my sons are here – and as long as they are, my day is perfect, no matter what else happens.