Yes, I know it’s the first week of December, not the third Thursday in November. Today’s Friday Photo has no turkeys, pumpkins, corn or cranberries. There’s nothing here that looks similar to a traditional thanks-giving post. But that’s exactly what it is. These photos of my son were taken by my dear uncle the day before Thanksgiving as we walked around our neighborhood, looking for nothing in particular. What makes them so special to me are the memories that lie within them. You see, this year my son anticipated the arrival of our out-of-town family members like it was the night before Christmas. He couldn’t stop talking about how much fun it was on Thanksgiving because everyone was together, it was warm, cozy, and just felt great. He couldn’t wait to go geocaching with his aunts, uncles and cousins. He knew board games in front of the fire were a sure thing. And of course, the dogs. Lots of new dogs to cuddle made him a very happy guy.
So today, I’m giving thanks for all that and more. I’m giving thanks for family that likes to be together and feels comfortable around each other. I’m giving thanks for a safe and peaceful home where everyone gathers. I’m giving thanks for abundant feelings of love and support from people near by and far away. And I’m giving thanks for C-Fly, who teaches me every day that it doesn’t take a holiday to remember what a lucky mom I truly am.