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Talking it over: A time to be thankful

This week we will be observing a very special holiday, one that sometimes gets lost in the start of the Christmas season. Thanksgiving is too important of a holiday to rush through casually.

Thanksgiving Day arrives at a very significant time of the year. We are just finishing up a harvest season and preparing our homes and bodies for the cold season ahead. It is a time to reflect on the good things that we have received or that have happened to us over the year and even throughout our lives.

No matter what the year has brought to you, there is always something to be thankful for. The love of family and friends, the food we eat, our homes, health and jobs are things we often take for granted but should be viewed each day as a treasured gift.

There may be things that have happened over the year that we don't like. We may have lost someone we love, been hurt in some way or even suffering from illness. The year could have been a challenge financially as well as emotionally. But the very fact that we can sit and reflect on the year is enough to be thankful for.

This Thanksgiving my husband and I will be spending a few hours with his mother at West Wind Village. Her stay there is temporary, as she gets her strength back, but a great place to recover. While I am happy to be able to spend another holiday with her, it is heart-breaking to see the pain and loneliness all around us there.

These are very different holidays from the ones I remember spending with our parents. It is a tough thing to go through but as we do so, we try to remember the festive, food-filled holidays spent with family. Even though it would be easier to celebrate in our own homes, it is just as important to give back to our parents, the special holidays they gave to us.

This Thanksgiving I hope you have the chance to do the same. Not just to take time to be thankful for your many blessings, but also to give back to others what they have generously given you: time, love, fellowship and yes, even turkey!