Thursday, October 31, 2013
Thankful Thursday, Halloween Edition
To me, the scariest thing about Halloween is that the very next day, the frantic Holiday Season begins! I thought the rule used to be to wait until after Thanksgiving, but I've already seen Christmas decorations, candy, and gifts in all the stores, so now is a good time to slow down and savor our blessings.
Today, I'm feeling especially thankful for heat and electricity, as we spent the last two Halloweens without power, following that freak snowstorm in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy last year. I'm also grateful that no one I knew personally was injured or suffered substantial losses, as did many people in the tristate area. We were also fortunate to have good friends, neighbors, and relatives who gave us a warm meal, hot shower, or place to bunk overnight. It made all the difference! And despite the fact that I'm currently feeling like our entire home needs a huge cosmetic overhaul, I'm still grateful that we have a warm, comfortable, safe place to live in a beautiful setting. It's easy to forget that we're more fortunate than most. On this All Hallow's Eve, I'm also grateful for the close relatives who have passed on before me, most especially, godparents and grandparents. Finally, I'm thankful for my daughters, who manage somehow to keep me young and give me gray hair at the same time, who make me smile, laugh, and sometimes cry, as we journey together through their adolescence. It's a bit like a roller coaster these days, but certainly is never dull!
What are you feeling thankful for this Halloween?