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.
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