Today is Thanksgiving. I polled my family to determine if I should cook the traditional meal or we (once again) buck tradition and go out for steak. Steak won a resounding victory. I have mixed feelings; it's nice not to go to all the work involved with a traditional turkey dinner but I'm sad as I hear of others gathering with extended family and having a wonderful day together.
The truth is that, since the death of my mom, my family of origin continues to become more and more fractured. It's quite sad. There is no hope of a large family gathering. I did consider inviting others with no family, but I started the thought process too late to act on it. Maybe next year.
This year Dad will join us again. Yes, he is still here and (relatively) healthy. But that's it. My little core family and my Dad.
I have much to be thankful for. My kids are healthy and we have a pretty good relationship. Given that they are in the thick of their teen years, that alone is something to be VERY thankful for! My husband is healthy and he is so good to me. I am actively learning of how much God loves me. I've struggled with that, so this is a big deal to me.
As in every life, much has happened in nearly a year. Perhaps I'll share.... Seems a very empty promise.