Thanksgiving was my mother's favorite holiday. She told us so every year for as long as I can remember! She loved everything about this time of year - the colors, the weather, the company, the food - specifically the turkey. She loved turkey so much, she could have eaten it every day of the year. She never raved about Easter the way she did Thanksgiving.That's because she disliked ham so much.
Mom passed away this year (BEFORE the dreaded ham holiday), but I hear her Thanksgiving mantra as I prepare tomorrow's dinner. Thanksgiving is going to be different without her, but as we all have experienced the passing of someone we love, we learn to carry on, remember, and appreciate all that we have.
Before I get too busy to appreciate, here are a few things I am thankful for:
My husband and three sons: "Love" isn't a big enough word to express how I feel for the four of you.
My sisters, in-laws and other relatives: You had no choice in the matter, but I'm so glad you're mine.
My friends: For listening, caring, laughing and sharing your lives with me.
My job: Thank you for being more than an employer. Fudge brownies are a delicious incentive to come to work every day, but working for and with amazing people makes the job that much better.
My home: I'm glad I still have a roof over my head, and every time I make a house payment, I thank God that I get to live there one more month!
My country: I'm grateful that my grandparents came to America so that they would have the opportunity to live the lives they hoped for. Because of their efforts , I am living the life I hoped for.
My Mom wasn't a chocolate person, but my Dad was. In honor of his memory, I'm serving his favorite Fairytale fudgy chocolate brownie - Caramel. Of course, we'll serve pumpkin pie, too.