Thursday, November 27, 2008

Season of Gratitude

A plentiful harvest.....
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." ~ Melody Beattie

Today is Thanksgiving with families getting together for food and fun and football. For many, it represents the harvest with food gathered and stored for the winter... a day to be thankful for spring warmth, summer rain and a late frost. For most it is traditional... turkey, stuffing, green-bean casserole, corn pudding, sweet potatoes, homemade yeast rolls and, of course.. pumpkin pie with whipped cream!

.....a day of thanksgiving. Posted by Picasa
This year will be less than traditional here, but we still have much to be grateful for. Mom's hip replacement went well after weeks of delay due to an overly hysterical and dramatic anesthesiologist who canceled the surgery minutes before she was to be wheeled into the OR. There have been unforeseen complications.. first from kidneys that were slow to perk up and a bowel that decided to take a complete rest for a few days and all the things that go along with surgery at age 80. So instead of having a fair meal at the rehab center as planned, we will be taking our chances with the turkey fare served up by the hospital cafeteria.

Still, it looks as if the worst has past and perhaps... maybe... she will be transferred to the rehab on Friday. For this we are very, very grateful.

I pray that this Thanksgiving finds you filled with joy and gratitude for all the blessings of life.... Oh! And eat a turkey leg for me, please!

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