Today’s post is based on one shared around Thanksgiving Day two years ago. I’ve edited it quite a bit for this Thanksgiving Day to fit with the changes which a worldwide pandemic have brought to all of our lives.
Thanksgiving Day makes it official each year. The holiday season has begun. For most people it is time to share a meal together with friends and family. It often means sharing gift lists or at least gift hints for whichever wintertime holiday is next to be celebrated.
Some people, I believe, just seem to have a talent for always giving “the perfect gift.” For me, it is an elusive skill. Gifts never seem to work out as wonderfully as I imagine they will.
Yet this Thanksgiving, my chickens and I will give each other the perfect gift. We will simply sit with each other and enjoyed a pleasantly sunny afternoon.
But our hearts hurt for those who will be unable to do the same with their own loved ones, particularly when due to quarantine or death.
“Of all gifts possible, I do believe that the most perfect gift is our time to be together.” That is what I wrote two years ago.
But this Thanksgiving, perhaps it is better to write, “Of all gifts possible and for this year only, my best gift to you is time to be apart. One of us may not be strong enough to fight this virus which has taken so many beautiful lives from us.”
And for those of you who are unable to enjoy that gift of time together today, take heart. This challenge will pass, and it will help us to appreciate all the more what is ultimately important.
I believe love is truly transcendent. Love transcends time, distance, and yes, love transcends even global pandemics.
Be safe, stay healthy, and enjoy the anticipation of receiving that perfect gift of time together when all of this is behind us.
We are thankful for all of you, our readers, family, and friends.
John, Gracie, Bessie, Pearl, Emily, and Amelia
This November, I was surprised by the sudden blooming of a chrysanthemum I had planted in the garden several years ago and forgotten. It had not bloomed since having been added to the garden. It definitely speaks to me of the things which it symbolizes: fidelity, optimism, joy and long life. Today’s illustration is from “Seasons Of Friendship” which is being revised for a second edition.