Giving Thanks

I walked for two hours Thanksgiving morning, leaving just after the sun rose. It was cloudy and the forecast called for rain later in the day so I wanted to head out early. I visited my favorite local trails and took in the beauty around me, thinking of the friends no longer on this Earth who are unable to do so. Thinking of their families without them today. I almost welcomed the cold as it hit my face, thankful to feel it, thankful my legs could carry me for two hours of walking, thankful my eyes could see the birds and the last of the leaves changing color. Thanksgiving means something different to all of us- for some it is sitting down to a meal with family, eating traditional fare. Today I thought back to those traditional Thanksgivings of my childhood, lost to the passage of time and family moving away or becoming estranged. I am thankful for the good in my life, the good people and friends in my life, and all that comes with that. Not just on the last Thursday of November, but everyday. That’s what Thanksgiving means to me.tree

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14 thoughts on “Giving Thanks

  1. I was wondering about the little red fluffy bird and what kind of bird it was, Lisa? Your pensive two hour walk and remembrances of those no longer here were meaningful. Better than the rushing and busy moments I went through almost for six to seven hours! 🙂

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  2. Ahh, I feel as though I walked it with you also. Beautiful photos and thoughts. I didn’t really get out to walk yesterday myself, which I try to do everyday, even if only to the top of my long dead-end street. But I did go up and down the stairs in my house about 58 times! So at least I got exercise. Nature todayfor sure though, thanks to your reminder.

    I’m grateful to be able to read and see what you post.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your world with us. I walked too but just around a school track a few times. It was sprinkling and there were a few groups of people out to play family style football. It was neat to see them. I understand estranged. I love the birds! How very sweet. Yes, I’m with you,thankful for feet and legs to carry me on my adventures, eyes to see, ears to hear the songbirds and to feel the cold and wind on ones face is wonderful…

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