It's a typical Sunday morning, and while it's sunny and beautiful outside, it's officially the start of what Sheila calls Skip's Winter Whining Mode! It's a bone-chilling fifty-three outside, LOL, which means flannel shirts with shorts weather. We moved to Florida originally so we could give my Dad a little help fighting Mom's Alzheimer's, but over five years I've become a true Floridian. I rarely miss an opportunity to complain about the cold and the traffic, as the "snowbirds" return!
This morning I woke up thinking about Thanksgiving. This was always a special time down here because my folks would join us. In the aftermath of them both having passed away, the holiday isn't quite the same. For the second year in a row we're celebrating on Sunday rather than Thanksgiving day, because two of our best friends are in the restaurant business and working on Thanksgiving. We haven't lost the meaning of the day, just moved it.
While we never did this when I was a kid, at a Thanksgiving dinner somewhere over the years we started going around the table with everybody talking about what they were thankful for. I always enjoyed it, because it put the focus on the true meaning of the day, rather than one more excuse to over eat!
So, mixing sincerity, love and sarcasm, here's a small sampling of things I'm thankful for as 2016 starts to wind down...
On that note it's time to enjoy the day. Sheila's up and Molly the Wonder Dog has that look in her eyes letting me know it's time to get off the computer. Wishing all of you a wonderful Sunday. Safe travels if you're heading out early for the Thanksgiving holiday, and as always plenty of time with the people you care most about for those eleven-second hugs!
Happy Sunday everybody - thank you for being such an important part of my life.
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