Monday, November 22, 2010

Taking "Stock"

Thanksgiving being just around the corner I find it only appropriate to thank God for so much in my life! This holiday always takes me by surprise in it's "depth". When I start my list of things to be grateful for I realize it could go on for pages! But this year I find myself writing down new things. Things as simple as having a home... when I have lived along side people who did not. Things like running water- electricity- and health care. Working in Pediatric Oncology now things like "healthy" cells... eyesight...and a working Immune system. FAITH- and the knowledge and a relationship with a God who loves me unconditionally to name a few.

On my Dad's side Thanksgiving is our holiday! Ever since we were young we all gathered in Upstate NY with 50+ Uncles, Aunts, Cousins- and of course My Grandpa & Grandma, as they looked out at the sea of people their love created! Many a memory- piece of advice- and so much love has been experienced there! In light of losing my Grandpa a few months ago- this is our first Thanksgiving without our patriarch- and oh how much I now see the role he played! His long winded "grace" before the feast- his pockets of time with all 28 Grandchildren- 5 sons and 5 daughters-in-law...this is his legacy.He taught us at each moment...this was his way of continuing our family. I am so grateful for a man who taught us that God and Family are something not to be taken for granted. I thank him for teaching us early on about these truths so that the week before he died I was able to sit with him and tell him I have no regrets. I KNOW he knew how much I loved him... he was able to see it and experience it way before his deathbed, and he in turn told me the same. What a gift!

Let's not wait until last minutes or last chances or even holidays to "take stock" and realize how much we DO have. I know I have more then a few pages! So Happy Thanksgiving!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” - John F. Kennedy