Pausing to Give Proper Thanks

Thursday, November 22, 2012

At my son’s preschool they asked the kids to share what they are thankful for, in prepping to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Here’s his answer (that’s me on the right, by the way!):

Oh, and the one on the left who looks like he’s frowning? That’s his Dad. However, the child assured me that “we are all three laughing.”

Thanksgiving really is a lovely time of year — in theory. Push aside for a moment the crazy that is traveling on Wednesday, Thanksgiving “eve,” to get to family. Forget, for even longer than a moment, the Black Friday madness that too often ends badly, with some poor soul being trampled in the stampede of wild-eyed shoppers. And think only about the gratitude. This one day where we pause and give thanks for all the goodness in our lives: health, love, family, food, freedom.

I’m so very thankful for all of these things. This life, it’s truly wonderful.

And since we’re all sweet-potato-pie-mushy right now, I want to use this space to also give thanks for one more thing: YOU! All of you, whether you’re in the U.S. or elsewhere around this globe. Thank you for reading Ms. Mary Mack blog. Really. Thank you for walking along this path with me, learning life lessons and gathering up compassion as we go.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Weekend, friends.

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