Letter from the USA: Giving Thanks

My son & my mother, New Jersey,  November 2013

My son & my mother in New Jersey, November 2013

Thanksgiving Day is still a week away but I’m moved to give extra thanks this week, for the gift of time with our family and friends on the U.S. side of the Atlantic.

Thanksgiving is my favourite U.S. holiday because it’s relatively un-commercial and its focus is simply upon being together with loved ones and sharing a bountiful meal.

We’ll be moving around a lot in the next couple weeks, seeing as many people as we can but as always wishing we had more time and could see more family and friends – our eternal travel challenge.

I’m thankful for so many things, including our family members all over the world. 2014 has been a momentous year with our family events. I’ve written about most of them on this blog. They included Clive’s mother’s death in Australia late last December and his father’s death in England this past August; my mother’s 90th birthday in May; visits from Clive’s daughter in January and September and his son and family in September/October; our visits to my mother, son and stepson and family here in the U.S.; and my son’s engagement earlier this month. My stepson is recovering well from his long-awaited kidney transplant.

Clive & my stepson's boys, Connecticut, February 2014

Clive & my stepson’s boys in Connecticut, February 2014

So this week it feels appropriate to give special thanks for families near and far, for those with us and for those who are no longer physically here but whom we will always remember.

Wishing everyone who celebrates a very happy Thanksgiving.

Cheers and thanks for reading. Next week’s letter will be from U.S. Thanksgiving Day.

6 Responses

  1. Have a wonderful time with your family in New Jersey! Thanksgiving is indeed one of those observances that isn’t commercialized (other than great deals on turkeys and hams) and hopefully you won’t experience freakish snowstorms!

  2. Thank you Mary and same back to you and yours. Happy turkey day 🙂

  3. Enjoy your visit in the USA. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you?

  4. Thanks Martha and to you and John also. Such a great American holiday – enjoy!

  5. Your mom looks so pleased to be with her grandson, glad you were all able to connect. Enjoy your travels and hope all goes well….Happy Thanksgiving and let us all be thankful for family and true friends!

  6. bobbo1 thanks for your kind comment and agreed let us all be thankful for family and true friends! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Cheers.

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