What I am thankful for
Nov. 12, 2011 5:37 pm
Updated: Nov. 15, 2011 9:05 am
As Thanksgiving approaches and the weather changes, the holiday hell begins. Usually I let things pass without much of a notice as I am alone with no family near me. Friends are nice, but around the holidays they have their own family they want to be
with. I usually spend time with some church people or volunteering this time of year. Good for the soul.
I do love a good Thanksgiving meal.. gotta have turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. I never liked stuffing as a kid. My Mom remarried a southerner and started making the stuffing he liked - conrbread, buttermilk biscuits and sausage. I tried it and fell
in love. The only kind I make now. When I was a kid I'd make cauliflower and cheese sauce for me and my dad and we'd also have peas with pearl onions. Dessert was flexible, but a good Dutch Apple Crumb pie was always welcome
This year is different than most as I just got out of the hospital on 10/30. Over a period of just about a month, I had three hospitalizations and two major surgeries. All of this was unexpected and unplanned and not a whole lot of fun. I have a lovely 9 inch
plus scar down my middle and am home recovering. So this year I am thankful just to be alive, and on the road to recovery. I am thankful for the doctors who got me through it all, the wonderful nurses who cared for me night and day, the orderlies who shuttled
me here and there and the friends who supported me by bringing me to the hospital, bringing me things I needed, caring for my cat and visiting me while I was laid up. It was and is very humbling. So this year I am thankful for something very basic.. my health
and my life. It is true what they say...if you have your health, you really do have everything. The rest will fall into place
I, for one, will not be skipping past Thanksgiving straight to Christmas. Giving thanks is really important for me this year....