Stormy and I stopped celebrating thanksgiving after my mother died, October 11th, 2002. That was the last thanksgiving in which our family gathered to eat turkey and give thanks. It’s not that this is a depressing time, although it was for awhile, we just stopped. Now, the kids are grown and far away, and one day we will be closer, but even a turkey breast is a bit much for the two of us.
As to giving thanks. I’m thankful every day for everything.
I have, a wonderful partner, great kids, grandkids, writing, friends… Everything, man. I’ve seen enough tragedy to appreciate that I’m sitting here sipping my miorning coffee while my Hot tub, gets a fresh fill of new water for the coming seasons. Behind me, enjoying the warmth of my heated garage, two beagles are content to watch me write this, as long as they’re with me. An unconditional love that goes both ways. They bring me much happiness, offer warmth and affection in times that are trying and difficult. Shit, they even listen once in awhile.
It’s not all peaches and cream. I lost a close friend this year. He died suddenly of a massive heart attack. There were signs, he was seeing a doctor, but his heart didn’t wait for all the tests to come back. We talked at least five times a week on the phone, he’d been out to my place and I was gonna visit him at his. We knew each other since 1986 when we served in the military. There’s an empty space there, the missiing second half of that conversation we would have. Sadness, but a reality at my age.
Tonight will be a light meal, nothing special. Tomorrow Milo and Jake get their shots, and Stormy’s car is going in the shop for a new coolant leak. Fall seems to be the the season for auto repair in the Preston compound. Front shocks on the truck and new winter rubber. I already replaced the thermostat in Stormy’s car and don’t have the time to do the second leak. Both vehicles are in good shape just in of need some TLC.
I have a lot to be thankful for. Especially friends and family. Though we don’t celebrate it, I expect we will when we are closer to family. I would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to one and all who partake.
I had Alaskan King Crab and BBQ Beef Tenderloin for dinner yesterday.
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