Thanksgiving is about more than turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing, though I hope I'll get a generous helping of those tomorrow. Thanksgiving is about being thankful for so many things, from the crops that feed us to the friendship of the communities where we live, from flowers in the garden to the woods and water of the natural world around us.
Over the next days we'll see the peak of fall colour here, though it's just beginning now. One of the nicest two weeks of the year, and a very appropriate time to be celebrating Thanksgiving.
In our case we're just thankful that I'm here, given all that's gone on the last 8 months. We saw my GP yesterday, and he expressed his own astonishment that I was still alive alive and kicking. Every day that you're alive is a gift.
I remember big Thanksgiving dinners at my grandparents, and only slightly smaller dinners at my own parents. Thanksgiving is inevitably in part about family, even if you can't all get together at the time. But don't ever take for granted that things will continue unchanged. Take time to be consciously thankful before you devour that turkey!