Tomorrow is our national Thanksgiving day in the Us, so a time to reflect on our many gifts. Here in the states many of us not on our way to be with others are preparing to host family and friends at our own home. Whether you live here or elsewhere, really, isn’t every day a good day for gratitude? So wherever you are I hope you are feeling abundance and the fullness of life.
So if you do, how do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Are you still lucky enough to have a generation above you happy to host you or have you graduated to hosting? For many years my wife Lia and I would drive about an hour north to be with her parents at their home on Duck Cove near Bolinas bay. Early on I would help them create an enormous table with sawhorses and plywood running from the dining room to the very end of the living room. Now we’re the older generation and host at our place, but our crew has shrunk to just seven this year - happily still including two children. So thankful for good memories of so many missed family members but also so glad one of Lia’s cousins is still in our area as is my baby brother and his family.
Some folks enjoy american football over the holidays. In the past we’d play pool in the basement, go for walks and play a card game they called Hell, basically many handed solitaire where everyone’s aces are available to all and the first one to play all their cards yells the name of the game. We’re a little odd in that we’re not into football but we all enjoy playing holiday poker tournaments, either Omaha hi/lo or Texas Holdem. We’re all competitive enough that no money need change hands since we’re all motivated to be the last one standing with chips.
Here I’m very thankful to have met and gotten to know some of you. You’ve given me a new appreciation of Christians as thoughtful and intelligent people. I appreciate that your faith helps you keep hope and wonder alive, and that is something for which we can all be thankful.