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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Alone on Thanksgiving and Happy About It!

Jay left at 7 AM this morning for his 24-hour shift at the fire station. Because of health issues, I'm not physically up to going to anyone's house. Which means that I'm alone on Thanksgiving.

Someone asked if that makes me sad.

Nope! Not one bit.

Why?

Because it's not a day to indulge in feeling sorry for myself. I could feel sorry for myself the day before or the day after, but I certainly can't do it on a day dedicated to thanks!


It's not "Give Thanks If Things are Perfect Day" or "Give Thanks If You're with Loved Ones Eating Turkey and Pumpkin Pie Until You're Sick Day."

It's an entire day, morning to night, designed to focus on thankfulness.


No matter what my circumstances.

So, I woke up this morning thankful for my warm, soft bed. And pajamas. And clean water in a clean glass on my nightstand. And slippers. And indoor plumbing. And toilet paper (leaves are too crunchy this time of year to work well, I'd imagine). And a house with central heat. And fresh bread. And a toaster. (Now you know how my mornings start.)


Even our animals are filled with gratitude.

The chickens are thankful that I gave them extra meal worms.

Caleb is thankful that after a week, Blanche opened her wounded eye. It's only half open, but progress is wonderful!


I'd been hoping she wouldn't be blind in that eye, because she's been walking around with her head cocked sideways for a week, and I didn't want to have to find a chicken chiropractor. (Taking Zoe occasionally to a doggy chiropractor is bad enough.)

Zoe is thankful that I allow toy massacre in our front room.She gets immense joy in disemboweling stuffed animals.



I'm thankful that she's so easy to entertain.
 


She's also thankful that she gets to pose for photos since it's one of her favorite things (for whatever weird reason).

I may not be eating turkey today, but I'm thankful that I have a turkey cookie! (It's not turkey-flavored, just to be clear, only turkey-decorated.)



And I'd argue that a cookie might be even be better than turkey.

I'm thankful that I have a variety of wholesome food. But even if I only had porridge to eat (I still have no idea what it is, but I pity Goldilocks for having to try three bowls of it), I'd be thankful that I had bowl to put it in and a spoon.

(Just wondering, why would you make dinner, put it on the table, and then go take a long walk without eating it? Is that just a bear-thing? If so, I'm thankful I'm not a bear.)


I'm thankful I have a telephone so I could call Jay (not quite so thankful to hear him answer with his mouth full of fire house Thanksgiving dinner) and remind him that I'm thankful for him. His response was, "Yeah, yeah, I'm thankful for you, too, honey, and I'll call you back when we're done eating." Rub it in, darling (eye roll).

But it was a reminder that this day isn't about the food I'm not eating, but about giving thanks for what I do have. (I had cheesy eggs and a homemade biscuit, and they were quite yummy.)

I'm thankful that I can sit on massive mounds of oak leaves with our pets and feel the sun on my face.



Facebook is filled with photos of my friends and relatives getting together with their friends and relatives, and I'm thankful they welcome me into their lives long-distance. It makes me smile to see their pictures. And knowing them is another reason for gratitude.

I'm thankful that I can focus on giving thanks to God all day without human (or culinary) distractions. I'm alone with Him, so He gets all of my attention today.

That's why some of my best holidays are when Jay is working, and I have to focus on the real reason for the celebration. 'Jesus and me' is enough.


I'm extremely thankful that I'm not named Habakkuk. (Imagine that nickname. Habby? Kukky?)


But even Habakkuk was thankful:

Verse of the day: (Habakkuk 3:17-18) "
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!" 
And that is why I am having a happy Thanksgiving.

6 comments:

  1. WoW! what wonderful post. This is why we celebrate the day.

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  2. Thankful for your thankful heart. Thankful that I see your heart focused on the Lord. May you continue to see all the simply lovely things to be thankful for and blog about them so that we are reminded to be thankful. Blessings.

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  3. Graham Cooke used to say that Haba was one of his relatives: Haba (Cooke) - Ha!
    Yes, I am with you on being extremely grateful for every single blessing I have…waaaaaay too many to possibly list. God is so good and gracious and generous and kind. He is the #1 most treasured blessing in my life. I have been really taking the time to focus on Him and thank Him for all of His blessings, and I feel wealthy beyond measure. :-)

    Lora

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  4. Love you! Thankful for you, my friend! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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