We carried platters of trimmings to a table wear my daughter was placing napkins at each plate and helped her handcrafted creation of pinecone-and-construction-paper-turned-turkey nestle in around the bases of the towering candles I had just lit. A smile welled from deep within as Chris stepped from the living room, where he'd just touched a few buttons before music filled the house. Finally as the last was brought in from the kitchen, leaking scents of rosemary, garlic and butter, it all wove together in one harmonious voice that said one word... Thankful.
It's what we all felt, what we all said, and even more so, it's what we all were. Last Thursday.
But the awareness of the gratitude we have isn't limited to time spent around a table of turkey, wrapped in the laughs and love of family and friends. It's something I feel everyday, it's something I write of often. And though this week I've traded in cuddled embraces on the couch for three inch heels, an extra coat of mascara and lights reflecting off of shiny new paint jobs of cars on the San Francisco Auto Show floor, I'm still... most thankful.
Thankful for a family that celebrates with me early and loves me through my sometimes crazy schedule or hard-to-deal-with moments, and makes me realize just how blessed I am to belong to them. Thankful for a beautiful group of people, you, that I may or may not have met in person, yet find that so many times you've warmed my heart as I come to this outlet here to do what I love.
So this day, and always, I'm thankful.
Wherever you are today, have a wonderfully blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.
"Gratitude is heaven itself." ~William Blake