Thanksgiving: Look Back and Forward, Give Thanks and Be Inspired

It’s the fourth Thursday of November and that can only mean one thing: it’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States!

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  I love spending the day with family, eating a delicious turkey meal, stuffing myself with pie, watching football and kicking off the holiday season.

I have fond memories of Thanksgivings past at my grandparent’s house, and then dinners hosted by my parent’s.  These days, my hubby and I host dinner at our home.  I love waking up early to put the turkey in the oven, drinking coffee and watching the parade.  I love the annual competition between my oven roasted turkey and my husband’s deep fried turkey (my turkey won last year!).

But one of my truly favorite things about this holiday is pulling out family trinkets and reminiscing about the original owners.  There’s the handmade tablecloth my maternal grandmother made; the colors may be fading, but it’s a special treasure from a grandmother that I never had the chance to meet.  There’s also my paternal grandmother’s flatware case, which is now home to my flatware and her gravy boat, which, despite its chipped rim, is quite perfect in my eyes.  These items take me back to a different place and time.  I imagine one grandma meticulously designing a tablecloth that would become a family heirloom, and the other filling the gravy boat and placing it on the dinner table.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and I have so much to be thankful for.  With a year that brought a serious health scare to my family, I am grateful to still have both of my parents. I’m thankful for an amazing husband and fantastic family & friends, without whom my life would be incomplete.  I’m also thankful to have been blessed with the gift of writing that serves as my creative outlet.

I also want to thank all of you – those whom I’ve met through this blog, on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads or in person, as well as my family & friends.  Thank you for reading what I write, for posting comments, for encouraging me to continue with my writing journey.  To those who have listened to me as I celebrated, self-doubted and griped, thank you!  I appreciate every “like” you’ve given me on Amazon, every review (and yes, even the critical ones), every word-of-mouth recommendation, every pat on the back and kick in the pants.  You have no idea how much your support means for a creative outlet that is more important than you’ll ever know.

This year as I dust off a 110-year-old cup & saucer set from a family friend, and pull out the antique turkey serving tray from a late aunt, I look forward to being reminded of the past and seeing how it will inspire my future.