Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Give Thanks!

Once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the
means of obtaining shoes I came to the chief of
Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there
a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God
and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want
of shoes with patience
- Sadi, The Gulistan

Every Thanksgiving at our table, before the meal is served we say a prayer of thanks and everyone at the table says something they are thankful for, from the youngest to the oldest. Some take a little prodding, but most comply. Some say this is stupid. We have even had written poems. As the kids got older they would ask,
"Aunt J/Grannyj are we gonna say what we're thankful for?' "I want to be first, or I want to be last" Sometimes it's quite a tearful time. Especially the year after my mom had died.
As we are not in NJ or Md and with our extended family we probably won't do this year- It won't be at my table. Plus, I am working. Silly little things that make a holiday special or memorable.
So I would like anyone reading this post to think about it, and thoughtfully say what you are thankful for. Without a doubt for me it's my grandchildren & children and a hubby who puts up with me thru thick & thin.For a new home which is paid for and the health to enjoy it and our new state.

These are pics of Tampa Bay- Dau#1 and I decided to just take a ride-how lucky we are!


Anonymous said...

I've always loved that tradition. It's good to stop and count your blessings.

Virginia Gal said...

What a lovely sentiment and tradition!

I am thankful for my family, they are my life, giving me strength and courage to face each day.

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a lovely tradition. A Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family for Thursday.

I am thankful for having a loving family, food on the table, and shelter to keep us warm.

Gill in Canada

Shoebee said...

I am thankful for my kiddos, a house that I can afford, and a job that pays the bills

Carver said...

These are wonderful photographs and I love your tradition. I am thankful for my daughter, my family and friends, I'm thankful for this big beautiful planet earth with all of its life and diversity. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

Pax Romano said...

I am thankful that the price of gas has come down, that we have a new (and hopefully) better suited President about to take over, a wonderfully dysfunctional family, a diverse and wacky group of friends, and a great guy to call my own.

I AM NOT thankful, that one of my favorite people in the world is several hundred miles away, but hey, what are you going to do when people move to Florida?

mommanator said...

Thanks for all your comments- helped me relive a tradition!