What Thanksgiving means to me is very simple: family traditions – yesterday, today and in the future.
On Thanksgiving Day, I often reflect on Thanksgivings of long ago and all the family that I once shared the day with.
I recall the joy of times around the bountiful table with Mom, Dad, aunts, uncles and cousins watching football (and making bets on Nebraska versus Oklahoma), playing cards, talking and laughing – and my heart aches as I miss them all.
But then I begin to reflect on this day’s Thanksgiving, and I am full of heartfelt thanks for all of the family surrounding me at another bountiful table with husband, children and spouses, and small grandchildren.
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We’re still watching football (maybe some betting), playing games, feeding the new baby, talking and laughing.
And, finally, I’m thankful for future Thanksgivings – the ones I see in my grandchildren’s eyes as they look at all of us toasting our family and giving our thanks for another year and another family Thanksgiving Day.
I pray that we all continue to celebrate Thanksgiving for many years to come – laughing, loving and giving thanks to our God in heaven.
It’s very simple.
Jodi Parra, Shaver Lake