Happy Thanksgiving to all my dear, patient readers. I hope you had a wonderful day filled with love and loved ones. And food. Lot’s of food. When I looked at my completed meal – Turkey with six sides, five pies, and a tray of sticky buns – I wonder how in the world I ever thought it wouldn’t be enough. Ten people demolished an 18-pound turkey, and I was left with the bones and some scraps of meat scattered about the platter; meh. It’ll make a great stock.
Anyone who knows me knows that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s Christmas dinner without all the distractions. I’m surrounded by the people I love as they feast on a meal I made. Electronics are not allowed (discussing politics, either), it’s all face to face conversation. The dominant sound is laughter. What’s not to love?
I like to use Thanksgiving morning to honestly reflect on the things I have to be thankful for. I’ve had a trying, life-altering year, and not in a positive way. It would be very easy for me to fall into the “oh, woe is me, oh dear!” mode, and start feeling sorry for myself and blocking out the blessings I enjoy.
I’m thankful I’m alive, and, relatively speaking, in good health; I’m thankful for my beloved wife and best friend – she’s always there to carry me when needed; I’m thankful for the loving support system I have; I give thanks that all the people I love most are happy and healthy, and they’re all within half an hour drive of me; I am thankful for my cyber-friends who have shown immense patience with me and my inexplicable disappearing acts, and who understand and support me as I plug along. Some – who shall remain nameless, because you know who you are — are closer friends than anyone in my real-world life. I am thankful for those readers who have stayed with me, patient, waiting; and most of all, I am thankful for the new love in my life, my first grandchild! I know it’s sappy sentimentality, but it’s also true, having a new baby around puts life itself in a whole new perspective, reminding me we have far more to rejoice in than we do reasons to despair.
Despite all the stuff that’s fallen into my lap, I have managed to do some writing. Sometimes it’s hard to get going, but when I do I’ve been productive. I just finished the middle third of Ch 2 and I sent “our-story-so-far” off to my editor for an early critique while I start the final scene.
One “side effect” of my situation is a sudden abundance of free time. I hope to use that time to complete things sooner rather than later. Winter is a long, bleak season in my part of the world. Let’s hope I can brighten it with more time to spend with our lovely ladies (new characters are being introduced or greatly expanded in this chapter.)
Thank you again for your patience. I hope you’ve been able to overcome the groggy post-Thanksgiving let down. I don’t know about you, but if for no other reason than escaping the Black Friday madness, Amazon et.al. are a god-send. If you like the rush, more power to you, just don’t look for me in the crowds.