With Thanksgiving here, I’ve been thinking about the past. When my two sons were young, we spent Thanksgiving mornings watching parades and eating coffee cake. Then I’d slip into the kitchen, get the turkey ready and begin preparations for the rest of the meal. It wasn’t a hardship; I loved it. Still do.
Now, with both of my sons married, it’s more complicated. This year we’re having two Thanksgivings because of distance, work, timing, etc. After we had everything arranged, I sat in my chair and realized I missed the easier times, when it was just the four of us.
Then I thought about what I have. Have you ever watched your married children interact with their spouses? I have, many times. I realize that all marriages have their difficulties, but, my heart swells with happiness when I catch them smiling at each other, teasing each other, or giving each other that “special look”. In a world where divorce is common, it’s so comforting to witness their love for each other.
So, after really thinking about Thanksgiving, I have to admit it.
I WAS WRONG.
My two daughters-in-law are at the top of my Wonderful Person List. They’re not there just because my sons love them, but because I have come to love them as well. They have blessed our family in so many ways! Both of them have added something to the family, that we had not realized was missing.
My list of wonderful people would be incomplete without my four grandkids. What joy and laughter they take with them everywhere they go! They curiosity and excitement for the world around them, is a great thing to watch.
Yes, past holidays were easier to plan. But now, they are SO much more; more love, more fun, and more laughter. Now we are a family of 13!
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