Thanksgiving is an emotional time for many. Most of our lives do not look like a Norman Rockwell painting or play out like a Hallmark movie. Our families and relationships are often complicated and messy. Some people are missing the presence of a special family member who died over the past year. Others have loved ones in the military or living too far away to come home for the holiday.
This was my first Thanksgiving with my parents in 22 years. I knew going into it there would be emotions for me for many reasons that I won't go into here. However, I worked hard to stay in the moment and to appreciate my family and too recognize that much can change all too quickly if I do not take the time to celebrate what I have. And for all of that, I do celebrate and show my appreciation.
While I was playing on-line, I came across some quotes about gratitude and thought I would share them with you. Click on the link below to read them all.
...and in honor of Picture Book Month, here is my Thanksgiving Day recommendation:
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
by Laurie Halse Anderson; Illustrated by Matt Faulkner
Simon & Schuster (2005)