Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving

It's a funny thing about being away on a holiday associated with gatherings of loved ones. Yeah, I wish I were home. I wish that I could later drive Rhonda and Dylan to my sister-in-law's house, where the family dinner will be held. I wish I could watch Dylan interact with his only surviving grandparent, Rhonda's mom. Yep, I wish I could be there.

But the funny thing about being away is how a tinge of heartache can put an accent on that for which I feel thankful. The homesickness brings forth a heightened capacity to cherish, and it shines a spotlight on what's really important.

Today, I'm thankful that I make my living doing what I dreamed about as a kid. Today, I'm thankful for my health. Today, I'm thankful for my friends. Today, I'm thankful for those coworkers who make being away just a little more bearable.

Most of all, I'm thankful for my wife and son, who together give my life its sunlight. Soon, I'll hold them both again, and I'll feel thankful for that, too.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.

9 comments:

Uncle E said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Hal. You're a lucky man to be so aware of what you have to be thankful for. From my family to yours have a wonderful day!

Debby said...

Happy Thanksgiving Hal. I was thinking about you...I hope you manage to find a turkey someplace. Happy Thanksgiving to my favorite long distance family.

Bob said...

See my last entry. It's not as well written as yours, but you make my point: it's a state of mind. And you're there. Happy Thanksgiving, Man.

Annie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Hal!

Kelly said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Hal. You always do a fine job of putting things in perspective for me!

Pam said...

Happy Thanksgiving Hal, Uncle E., Debby, bob, Annie and Kelly!

Redlefty said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chooah said...

well said my friend. cheers!

Roland said...

Hope it was a great Thanksgiving, Hal.