We are entering Thanksgiving Week. One week from today, Americans will be recovering from a huge feast, still sleepy from all that tryptophan consumed in the form of roast turkey, satiated with an overdose of sugar and fat bombs, also called desserts, pies or cookies. But that's not the real reason for Thanksgiving. In 1789, the first US President, George Washington, proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November to be a National Day of Thanksgiving. Usually, we think of this day as a Family Celebration Day. I like to think of Thanksgiving as a season to focus on the abundant blessings I have. Of course, I do this weekly here at Willow's Cottage with others via Susanne's Friday Fave Fives at Living to Tell the Story, but in November it's a bigger deal.
As I concentrate on my week's blessings, I keep being reminded of my Fave Five from a few weeks ago when I focused on the basics. I just have to do that again.
1. Abundance of Nourishing Food.
2. Warm clothes. This includes shoes and socks, slacks, sweaters, shirts, jackets and gloves. I love my gloves. Because my hands are unusually sensitive to cold, I wear those gloves in the mornings as I drive to work. Even when it's only 50F, I'm wearing those gloves.
3. Shelter. One of the paragraphs I model for my students during Thanksgiving week is my appreciation of safe and secure shelter. I've lived in many types of homes from vacation tents and bush houses constructed from native materials to large four bedroom homes. I cannot count all the places I've called 'home'--just too many. Basic shelter is truly a blessing.
4. Clean Water. I don't have to boil it before I drink it. I turn this little knob at the end of pipe and presto! the water flows out and into my pan or cup.
5. Transportation. I have a great, economical car which is in good repair. And money enough to buy gas.
As of today, I am on Thanksgiving Break! It looks like our housing situation is going to return to normal within the next week. I am looking forward to reduction of the stress--oh how I am looking forward to that! (I may even pull my camera back out again.)
SO MUCH to be thankful for! If you leave a comment here, I hope you will share ONE thing for which you are thankful. I will rejoice with you!