My Thanksgiving

I’m not going to yammer on in this post about all the things I’m thankful for. Instead, I’m going to let Don Henley, Luca, and Claire do my talking for me.

First, Don Henley’s “My Thanksgiving.” It opened my eyes when it came out several years ago. Helped push me over the edge and lose weight for good. I listen to it when I forget my place in this world, forget what I’m thankful for. Below are some of the lyrics and the video. (For some reason, the video starts playing right away. You can stop it.)

Now the trouble with you and me, my friend
Is the trouble with this nation
Too many blessings, too little appreciation
And I know that kind of notion, well, it just ain’t cool
So send me back to Sunday school
Because I’m tired of waiting for reason to arrive
It’s too long we’ve been living
These unexamined lives

I’ve got great expectations
I’ve got family and friends
I’ve got satisfying work
I’ve got a back that bends
For every breath, for every day of living
This is my Thanksgiving

Have you noticed that an angry man
Can only get so far
Until he reconciles the way he thinks things ought to be
With the way things are

Here in this fragmented world, I still believe
In learning how to give love, and how to receive it
And I would not be among those who abuse this privilege
Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge
And I don’t mind saying that I still love it all
I wallowed in the springtime
Now I’m welcoming the fall

For every moment of joy
Every hour of fear
For every winding road that brought me here
For every breath, for every day of living
This is my Thanksgiving
For everyone who helped me start
And for everything that broke my heart
For every breath, for every day of living
This is my Thanksgiving

Watching a child’s life unfold and witness their personality emerge is one of the most precious gifts we get. Seeing the world through Claire’s and Luca’s eyes is a sort of redemption because it teaches me that I, too, was once innocent and full of wonder. They soften my edges and ease my remorse and regrets.

This is Luca. He’s only six months, but he’s already pulling himself to standing. He thinks this is hilarious, apparently, as you’ll see in this video. I hope his laughter brings you joy, too.

This is Claire playing recently at my house. You’ll hear her say, “Hey Mum!” when she’s standing on the top of the cellar door.

I am ever so grateful to all of you for reading my blog and for inspiring me with your thoughts, experiences, and stories (and recipes!). I’ll be in back on the blog on Sunday. Until then, I wish you all a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving.

10 thoughts on “My Thanksgiving

  1. Love it! Paco and I both enjoyed Luca's laugh (and I love his baby snort!) and Claire is so fun – glad you got “Hey Mum” on tape! Wish I had her energy!

    Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

  2. Oh my goodness are your grandkids precious. What a joyful, sweet laugh Luca has. And Claire is hilarious! (I wish I could have that much fun jumping around outside, but alas I am too jaded!)

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Wonderful post. It reminds me that there are still beautiful things in the world. I enjoyed it very much. I'm just little bit sad that the Canadian Thanksgiving was few weeks ago. I think that it would be much better if it was in the same day. Anyway, I wish you all Happy Thanksgiving.

    Take care,

  4. So sweet! I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! And what Debby said; thanks for introducing me to this world of healthy living bloggers and for your encouragement along the way. It means more to me than you know.

  5. Too Cute!!! When Nicholas and Marie heard Luca laughing they just had to come and watch the videos. Laughter really is contagious, we all were laughing, thanks for that.

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