- It’s Thanksgving in the United States of America. This year the calendar means an extra long weekend is given over to carnivorous pursuits, punctuated by pigskin and other family-focused activites for many in the land of the free and the brave.. Here, north of the border, I hear rumours from American friends and relatives that the turkeys are bigger, the hams hammier and the pies…the pies never end! Meanwhile, in Canada, most of us have run out of turkey leftovers from our October Thanksgiving. There might be some leftover gravy at the back of the frig and an unopened can of cranberries. But it seems like we’re going to have to scrounge to see what we can scrape together for a meal. After our grub, we too are getting ready for pigskin. There is only one football game this weekend in our country – Sunday night – our Super Bowl equivalent – The Grey Cup from the centre of Canada – Winnipeg – featuring the Eskimos and the RedBlacks (think lumberjacks). Inevitably, the Grey Cup is a great game -I predict high scoring, lots of dramatic plays and a final score of 44-42. Or 37-33. Or something like that.
Anyway, this weekend, some lucky Canadians get both Saturday and Sunday, off. I understand that in the US, many will get a 3, 4 or even 5 day long weekend this year! We can’t seem to get a single November Statutory holiday – any suggestions you can share with your jealous neighbours?
The following post is reprinted from last month when we marked Thanksgiving. I hope, in the context of American Thanksgiving, it’ll ring true with some folks below the 49th. To my American friends and family who missed the Canadian callout, here’s a reprise. To give thanks.
It’s Thanksgiving and, as usual, I’ve been thinking about all that I have to be thankful for. Like the proverbial turkey, I’m stuffed to the brim! This year, I thought I’d share this in a more public fashion through my blog. It may be a little self-indulgent, but permit my excess. If it’s not to your taste, and you are so inclined, feel free to scroll down through the “meal” and all its accouterments and head straight for the dessert. Bon appetite!
♥ the folks that i meet regularly and make my day – from the postal carrier to my neighbours to fellow dog walkers. While the cast changes with the seasons and through the years, they are a constant.
♥ those in the service industry – from the grocery store cashier to the tradesperson to the civil servant – whom I encounter that enjoys their work, are genuinely helpful, and can make or break a day.
♥ my classmates – people who I see every week at dance class or in aqua therapy, or whatever weekly pursuit happens to be the “soup-du-jour” of my continuing education!
♥ on-line communities – I belong to a number of on-line information and/or support groups – a lot of them related to PD. These are often a source of good information, discussion and even entertainment. Almost daily I make time, even but for a few minutes, to these groups
the turkey (or Tofurkey if u prefer)
♥ my family – my parents and my sister are unwavering in their support. I cannot imagine how I would have got along without them. I am truly indebted to them
♥ my children – though well on their way to becoming their own persons, and not my children, they’re still young enough to be embarrassed by signs of public affection so…T,E & W…thank you and lots of love, Dad
♥ my wife – it can’t be easy married to me and my PD – requires a well of strength that one might not expect! I’m also in many ways not the man she married yet she perseveres.
♥ my friends – despite everything I’ve done (or haven’t done) over the years, I have a group of friends from school, work and my “retirement” years, who I am so appreciative of. They are not really “sides” to this “meal” – they’re just as important as the “main dish” but this isn’t a vegan meal. We gotta have turkey. We gotta have sides!
♥ my extended family – my aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, out-laws (former in-laws), ex’s, etc. – see above! Too many to mention, too much they have given!
♥ my teachers, my mentors, my employers, the leaders who took a chance on me and hired me – I am ingratitude (cue Celine Dion – I think i can fly!)
♥ my medical team – I’m fortunate to live in Canada and to have had routinely good care and support from a range of health care staff. Truly dedicated to helping.
♥ the readers of my blog – especially those who have been long-suffering followers – it’s very special that you have cared enough to read my rants and raves and to give me feedback through it all. Much appreciated.
the after dinner espresso
♥ to cast of thousands that, through the years, have touched my life in perhaps subtle, but incomparable, ways and haven’t been mentioned above. I think of the kids I taught in elementary school, parents of my kids’ friends, my teammates (baseball, football, hockey), my early classmates, radio folk, deaf and hard of hearing consumers whom I worked for, musicians and artists and writers I have known or admired, work associates, Board members and so many in the voluntary and educational sectors! Though my memory sometimes fails, inevitably something will trigger a thought – ring that bell – and your presence reverberates through my being once more. Thank you. Ring them bells!