For the 2nd year in a row, I would like to dedicate this blog to 30 days of Thankfulness. Thanksgiving is truly one of my favorite holidays and when stores and media skip over it with the commercialization of Christmas, it REALLY bothers me.
Most people I know have so much to be thankful for. This month, especially, I want to share my thankfulness for everything I have been given and want to give you the opportunity and challenge you to do the same!
So, on this first day of November, I am thankful for time.
It’s fleeting, it never stops, but it’s so precious.
On this All Saint’s day, I think about how long it’s been since all of my grandparents have died.
I never met my paternal grandmother, Jean.
But through stories and pictures I have learned so much about her.
My paternal grandfather, Leo, died when I was a young child…
The few memories, combined with pictures and stories have certainly helped to keep his memory alive.
My maternal grandfather, Ray, has now been gone just under half of my life.
He died weeks short of my 16th birthday, so I have over half a life of memories to enjoy and reflect on. I am so thankful for the time I had with him and the way his life has inspired me.
My maternal grandmother, Dorothy, has already been gone 3 1/2 years.
The only grandparent to watch me make it to adulthood, her wisdom, strength and faith are gifts I will have with me for the rest of my life.
It’s so hard for me to fathom all of this, because I have so many wonderful memories, and I can’t believe how quickly time has passed.
The gift of time reminds me how important family and friends are and the time spent with them is so valuable.
Today my husband’s grandfather celebrates his 85th birthday and I am thankful for him and for the time spent getting to know him.
Age, sickness and tragedy end life when we often least expect it. Therefore, as cliche as this may sound, I want to be completely present in every moment of life, especially those spent with the people I love the most.