Feeling Thankful


Two years ago, Thanksgiving took on a whole different meaning. After Hurricane Sandy hit our shores and our city was in survival mode, so many from all over gave selflessly to assist. The generosity was overwhelming and community spirit lifted. Helping to feed over 1500 people a Thanksgiving meal that many would not be able to otherwise have was heartwarming and inspiring to save the least. The people, the sense of community and memories of that day will stay with me far longer than the destruction of the hurricane.

Thanksgiving after Sandy

This year we’re in town to spend with the family and friends. When I was younger, I used to think this was ‘the only way’. When my friend, Cara, took her vacation time late in November, she convinced me that it was all right to do the same. For years I escaped and used the four/five day weekend I would get while teaching and skip town to a land where the third Thursday in November was just that…a Thursday. One year the hubs and I spent road tripping Pacific Coast Highway in California and realized once and for all that there are many ways to spend this festive weekend.

Perspective achieved!

I love knowing that there’s more than one way for just about everything and that is one of those things for which I am thankful. Whether giving back to those in need, feasting at a beautifully set table or hanging with family/friends on a beach somewhere-do it your way, be proud, be happy and BE THANKFUL.

Feeling Thankful For…

  • Health (and those in the medical profession who help others achieve theirs)
  • Family & Friends
  • Happiness
  • Kindness of others (and those in the rescue, relief & recovery organizations who give tirelessly)
  • A roof over our heads
  • Community
  • Volunteers
  • Choice
  • Fresh air
  • Clean water
  • Security and safety
  • Toes in the sand kind of days
  • Travel
  • Sunshine
  • Salty sea air
  • Love
  • Freedom

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

An extra special thank you to those who serve (and their families) spending Thanksgiving away from home.

 For what are you thankful?

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