I would be amiss if I didn't take a moment in between the sauteing of celery, and the folding of napkins to stop in and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
May your turkey be tender, and your stuffing moist - may your gravy be smooth, and your pies not weep.
May the family and friends around your table fill those spots in your heart that the cranberry sauce can't reach, no matter how hard it tries, or how hard you try to make it.
May you reflect on the past year - the joys and the suffering, and may you embrace it all with the realization that it is all necessary to form you into the person you are today.
For it is suffering that brings us to a place of Thanksgiving - just as it did the Pilgrims - embrace it.
Give extra love to those family members and friends that have suffered this year.
I'm so very thankful for all of you!
You've no idea how you've carried me this past year as I've been in such an introspective place.
You've given me love, laughter, perspective, and hope.
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession, but enjoyment.
Henry David Thoreau
Now - for the love of God - stay home and don't go shopping today.