I believe all of us have some wonderful fond memories of Thanksgivings long ago or maybe not so long ago that just stand out in our minds, and will forever be with us. Each Thanksgiving with my family is a precious memory being made. I am so blessed for my wonderful husband of 34 years and my sweet loving daughter. But in times of reflection, it is those Thanksgivings of long ago, when my wonderful Grandparents were still with us, and each Thanksgiving the whole family would gather at their warm beautiful home, some traveling from around the country to be together on that special day. There was so many of us, the whole basement was full of people, laughter and love. A warm wood burning fireplace, kept us all so warm on those cold Ohio winter days. There were two ovens downstairs and one upstairs, with turkeys cooking, pies baking, and the laughter of children, games being played and everything else that made our Thanksgiving so special. The scents and sounds of those Thanksgivings are forever etched in not only my mind, but of all of who were there. Though that was so many years ago, and many of my wonderful family members have since left us, they are always in our hearts and on this special day, their memories are more vivid than ever.
I can say I have truly been blessed in my life to have such a wonderful huge family, though I lost a brother 4 years ago, and another just several months ago, both only at the age of 49, and I am so lucky to have them as my brothers, each so special in their own way. So, instead of me getting sad of all those that are no longer here with me, this Thanksgiving, I am thanking God that I once had them, and that kind of love lives forever!!!
My wish for everyone who reads this is that they have a wonderful happy, loving and memorable Thanksgiving.