There is only one more week to go until Thanksgiving and everyone is talking about getting together, eating together and how to spend the long weekend. The kids are learning all about how important it is to be thankful and gratitude is in the air.
In a week where Prince William has announced his wedding to Kate, causing many a Brit to pop open the champagne corks, where my eldest has decided that multiplication isn’t that bad after all (phew – obviously on a par with a Royal Wedding) and the Irish are getting royally bailed out, I take a moment while walking the pooch to contemplate all of the reasons I have to give Thanks.
First of all, I give thanks for being able to get out of bed this morning and walk the dog. Two years ago for Thanksgiving I faced the prospect of 3 months of dose dense chemotherapy. At the time I had no concept what that would really mean, how I would feel to have poison pumped into my veins, to lose my hair, to lose my energy and that chemotherapy was only really the beginning of my battle with the big ‘C’. There were some days where I couldn’t even walk to the end of the road and back. So – walking the dog for as long as I feel like is good. Really good.
I give thanks for being able to watch my kids grow. To see them weather their storms – big and small. To see them happy and settled in school this year. To see them healthy and to see them laugh, as well as to see them cry. I really am truly thankful for the fact that I survived to witness every moment that I have with them – good and bad.
I give thanks for having an amazing husband, who has stood by me and stood strong and doesn’t give up on his dreams.
I give thanks for my family and although I wish they were closer by on some days, I give thanks that they are only a plane journey or two away and that the world has become an increasingly small place.
I’m also thankful for great friends. Friends who dip in and out of my life, but are always there when I need them and I, in turn, am grateful that I now have the energy to be there for them.
I’m grateful for being surrounded by natural beauty. I remind myself to relish that every single day.
I’m not so grateful for the guy that cut me up in his car this morning, or the teapot that I smashed on Monday, or the tummy bug that knocked me off my feet this week, but that’s ok. You can’t go around just being grateful all of the time now, can you?
I’m supremely grateful for the lady who is cleaning my house right now. I caved in this morning, after a few days of being under the weather and a house in chaos and sent out a cry for help. I haven’t had a cleaning lady for months and months. This feels like heaven.
We are heading over to our friends house for Thanksgiving. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not stressing about C’s food intake on the day too much, as he’ll be happy with Turkey and some veg. I might try and make some gluten free stuffing – just might. Gluten free Thanksgiving recipes abound on the gluten free blogosphere right now. For the most perfect Thanksgiving meal plan ever, check out Kim at Cook it Allergy Free’s blog. For some great round-ups, also check out Gluten Free Girl and The Chef and Glugle Gluten Free.
Off to fine tune my saffron roll recipe now to submit to Gluten Free Girl and The Chef for their cool Thanksgiving baking contest.
Happy Thanksgiving! (Well – almost).