Cold weather does make it feel like the holidays, but I enjoyed yesterday's warm weather. Still there is certain beauty in the dark skies and muted colors.
Our son is not going to be able to join us for Thanksgiving this year for the first time. He will be greatly missed. We still miss my mother who now hasn't been with with us since 2003, and our Lab, Chester who died the same year.
Getting together with your family is one of the real treats in life. It is nice to have a fancy meal, but the most important thing is the opportunity to renew the ties that bind us to one another. Our family likes to say that home is the one place where you are always welcome.
We have a cat. During Thanksgiving we have a visiting cat and dog. Somehow they manage to get through the holiday. It's too bad others can't figure out how to coexist like the cats and dog.
This morning I read that Canada is having another debate about Quebec. It seems that Quebec wants to be a nation within a nation. I thought that was already the case in 1987 when we left Canada, but I guess it is hard to satisfy the separatists. The good news is that Canada can debate even its own citizens to sleep so I am not too worried about a Canadian civil war.
We spent so many years in Canada that I always think about Canada during Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving was the holiday that I missed the most when we lived in Canada. Thanksgiving is the American holiday to me. While we all live independent lives in independent countries, I still think our interdependence is the key to happiness whether were talking provinces, countries, or families.
Thanksgiving is a good time to relax and enjoy those that love us unconditionally.