It’s a big week! Thanksgiving is this Thursday and I have many things to be thankful for this year.
My life changes have brought me a lot of happiness this year. Add into the mix that my eldest child Velvet and one of my “adopted” kids, Jodi are coming for the holiday and it just couldn’t get any better.
The girls left Billings, Montana last Thursday. It was snowing and the plane was delayed, but as it often happens in winter, their connection in Denver was delayed as well. All is good. They’ve landed in San Francisco and are ready to begin their adventure as tourists of the coast.
I’ll hook up with them in Fort Bragg on Monday for a girl day/night before heading to Tom’s for Thanksgiving.
The happiness brewing this year reminds me of what a difference a year can make.
Last Thanksgiving we planned an old fashion celebration at my Dad’s house. It was going to be “just like my mother used to do” and we hoped it would please Dad. He was missing her much, and we wanted to bring him a little joy.
I cooked the turkey at my house and just as I was about to load up the bird and other goodies and head to town I received a call that Dad was ill and the ambulance had been called.
What followed was an airlift to Roseville for Dad and along night which ended in him being released. I drove him home where our beloved caregiver Carol was waiting to make sure he was fed and comfortable.
I packed up some of the turkey and fixings and headed back to the farm where I sat alone in my pajamas and ate a reheated dinner.
The whole night was frustrating at best and even sadder. What would have been a great Thanksgiving for Dad turned into a shamble of fear and disappointment. It was also his last Thanksgiving. He passed away less than a month later.
I like to think that this year he is celebrating in Heaven with Mother. They were married for more than 70 years. My dad so missed my mother for that year between their departures. I have to believe that they are happy now and also that they are looking down on the rest of us.
I think they are pleased.
Life is different without them, but we have some pretty great memories to draw on. My sister Ann and I as well as the countless friends and family who were loved by my folks were truly blessed.
Thanksgiving is about giving thanks. As much as we tend to think it is about the turkey and how to make the best stuffing ever; it’s about the thanks.
Let’s be thankful. Let’s be grateful and let’s be blessed.
Life is good today.
— Kathy Craigo is a publicist, speaker, and life coach. She owns Kathy Craigo Media Consulting in Colusa. Contact Kathy Craigo at email@example.com.