I have a confession to make to all of you on this fine Thanksgiving. For the past two weeks, I’ve been holding my breath and feeling a bit anxious about this holiday of simple gratitude. You see, for the past two years, I’ve spent Thanksgiving in the hospital with my dad. He has some complications from his Parkinson’s Disease and the short version is that two years ago, the hospital gave him medication that you should never give to Parkinson’s patients, not once but twice, and it almost cost him his life. Last year was less serious, but still worrisome, especially after the year before.
This year, we plan to spend Thanksgiving with my dad at home. For the first time, I can take a walk with the dogs in the morning, watch the parade and the dog show together and then go to spend time with my family. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be spending a normal, quiet day of celebrating the simple things that are most important in my life.
One of the reasons that I like Thanksgiving is that it’s just a day to be thankful for what you have. It’s not commercialized and the only pressure is on not burning the food you’re bringing to share with friends and family. We’re all blessed in numerous ways if we take time to reflect on what we have. And I think we all need that in our lives, regardless of where we live, what we worship and what we do or don’t have.
If you are reading this, I hope that you know that we are grateful for you, whether you comment regularly or simply drop in to check up on what we’ve been up to. This blog is a labor of love and one that I feel very fortunate that other people care about. I feel blessed to know that there are other people out there who love their dogs the way we love ours. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today in the US, or are just having another Thursday in your corner of the world, I hope that there is something you are thankful for today that can lift your spirits, make you smile and remind you that the world is a place to enjoy.
Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!