This will be our second thanksgiving away from my friends in the States. I feel a bit nostalgic for it. Every year, my best friend would fly in from Bermuda. I met her in college many many moons ago :-) . She was one year ahead of me, and after graduation, she moved back home. Since Bermuda is a British colony, they do not celebrate Thanksgiving. We then decided that would be a perfect time to celebrate together. I remember we would have friends over, people who either didn’t celebrate it (foreigners) or friends who couldn’t go back home for whatever reason. Each year the number grew. Our first one was about 5 of us. I remember the biggest number of people we had was 30, l think that was in 1998!. My friend was always a trooper though, she would cook for all of us, and loved it. My job was to drive her to the grocery store and complain. I hate shopping with a passion, while she loved to compare the yams, pie ingredients etc. It was always so much fun. A day to hang out, drink, and eat entirely too much. My housemates always loved to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. I hated that too! What a surprise. New Year’s parade l liked, but not that one.
This year, l am thankful for a lot of things. The big one being that l am alive and well. Since losing my sister, life seems so much more precious to me. It gave me a whole new perspective on everything. I read this yesterday:
“It’s a wise man who lives with money in the bank; it’s a fool who dies that way” – French proverb
I’m not saying one should go out and blow all their money of course. I am just saying sometimes we focus so much on saving, that we forget to enjoy the fruits of our labor. As a childless by choice couple, we have chosen to stop and smell the roses. I am thankful that we are able to do so, thanks to frugal living. Sure, we got derailed with some horrible events including my sister’s medical bills, as she had no coverage to speak of..but c’est la vie !!! I have told all nieces and nephews to expect zip..nada..zilch..lol! :-). We’re gonna blow it all!
So, today, on thanksgiving day, l give thanks for all the good things l have in my life..family,friends, and you. Have a happy and wonderful thanksgiving!!! What are you thankful for?