After a blazing hot and rather humid summer it is finally Autumn up here in The Great White North! Out come sweaters, scarves, tea mugs and weirdly pumpkin-flavoured items. Down come yellow, red, orange and brown leaves. On goes the central heating and memories of last winter resurface, only to be pushed aside in favour of idealised Fall thoughts. And, after all this begins, comes Thanksgiving.
Being of British extraction, Thanksgiving wasn’t a big deal when I was growing up. Sure, we celebrated it as a day off and watched in wonder as our Canadian friends produced meals that seemed like facsimiles of the Christmas one a few months away. We often went hiking or canoeing, skipping over the supposedly essential extended family get-together. We may have come up with some kind of list of things we were thankful for, but it wasn’t something we took very seriously.
Looking back over the last few years, however, Thanksgiving has become somewhat more important as I leave my family of origin to start my own. It is a milestone in the year that presents us with an opportunity to remember the blessings and changes of the year past. We are looking forward to winter and the Church year starting over with Advent, but also back at what we have reaped from the time we have already had. With about two and a half months of the year left, it can be a time for enumerating and honouring what has taken place in our lives, good and bad. Looking ahead to beginning my own family with my HusBen, I hope we will be able to take the time at Thanksgiving to remember our past, but also look to our future.
My Thanksgivings For 2015
- My marriage to HusBen
- Good physical health for us both
- The opportunity that depression has given me to examine my life and learn how to live well
- Free healthcare and affordable medication and therapy
- A home
- Enough food
- The peaceful passings of my paternal Grandmother and maternal Grandfather
- Jobs for us both with fair wages
- Education and the opportunity to learn
- A good church family
- Friends, new and old
- A peaceful country
- God (and the faith to trust Him)