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A cornucopia of Thanksgiving Day thankfulness

POSTED: November 27, 2013 4:57 p.m.
 

Who can believe another Thanksgiving is upon us?

For those of us who are cooking/playing host to the meal this year, you may be making lists as you’re reading this.

I always have plenty of lists at this time of year. One for the things I still need to buy, another for my turkey-week countdown, a folder with various recipes I’m planning to cook and the listing of all-important things I had better not forget.

This year I decided to make another list — the things for which I’m thankful. Isn’t that really what the day is all about?

We come together, break bread with our family and friends, and count our blessings. Too often the day becomes a day about stuffing ourselves with food and watching football games.

Now that so many stores will be open, it also may become the day to begin Christmas shopping.

Of course, I’m thankful for my family. My mom and dad were role models for unconditional love, and for that I’m grateful.

I’ve often said I don’t know what I would’ve done when Paul and I had four children in less than seven years. My mom would come to our home whenever I needed her — and that was often.

We all have such great memories taking my parents with us to the beach or going to their lake house for long weekends.

I love looking at old pictures of holidays spent with family. It’s so special to see all of the young cousins together and then to know what wonderful young adults they have all grown to become. What blessings they all are.

I’m thankful for my husband Paul. He’s funny, smart and incredibly kind. No, he’s not perfect, but neither am I or our children.

We all love to reminisce about the fun times we’ve shared and tell and re-tell stories we know by heart. Many of these weren’t actually “fun” or “entertaining” at the time, but became stories to remember (when we could all laugh at the mishaps).

Our children always love to recount the times when their father took them on trips without me. There was always great excitement leading up to a mom-less excursion.

After all, chocolate, junk food, fast-food restaurants and staying up late were always part of the agenda when dad was in charge.

I didn’t mind. Being at home with one, two or no children was a treat for me too. It meant long, quiet baths, uninterrupted reading or TV watching, and catching up on whatever.

I’m also thankful for my job, or jobs. There’s nothing better than getting to do what I love — meeting people, doing research and then writing about it.

Over the past 13-plus years, I’ve made so many friends and met hundreds of interesting people. I love when I meet readers out in public and they say, “Oh, I feel like I know you and your family!” That warms my heart.

I love getting your emails and even a surprising number of letters over the years. I love that so many of you tell me how much you enjoy the FCN’s crossing into the world of magazines with Moments and Youth. That has been such a fun journey and a rewarding experience.

I do love this community and feel blessed we moved here nearly 24 years ago as newlyweds ready to begin our lives together. Forsyth County has been a fantastic place to raise our four children.

We have always felt safe, and for that I thank our law enforcement and community leaders who strive to make this such a great county.

We are also thankful for our school system. There are so many incredible educators and leaders here.

I come from a long line of teachers on both sides of my family. Their job is largely thankless, so let me thank all of them.

Of course, I’m thankful for my faith and relationship with God. I truly don’t know how people get through the ups and downs of life without their faith.

On that note, I’m thankful we live in a country where we can worship how we want and not fear for our lives when expressing our beliefs. Lastly, I’m thankful for laughter. It’s impossible to feel bad when you’re laughing.

Too many people take themselves too seriously. Too many people focus on the negative things in their lives instead of the positive.

Even if you don’t feel like making a “what-I-am-thankful-for” list, consider taking a minute to reflect on the positive things and people in your life.

No doubt, there are more good things in your life than bad. Make a promise to yourself to count your blessings and hug your loved ones this coming Thanksgiving Day.

 

Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at contact@adlenrobinson.com.

 

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