A Day of Thanks

September 24th

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My grandfather told me yesterday that he doesn’t think people stop to be thankful for what they have often enough. He and my grandmother sat on their patio and listed off the many reasons they are in love today, and how they wouldn’t accept $1 million for their kitchen table — a table they sat around when courting many years ago, learning the basics about each other. He went on about how thankful he was for his children, his grandchildren and his love for my grandmother.
I’d never heard them speak so frankly about each other. At one point, my grandma admitted it was my grandpa’s “cute ass” that got her attention. He just smiled and said, “What? I loved my 501s back then.” It was a beautiful afternoon.

A few things I’m thankful for this happy Sunday morning:

~ Cooling weather. Fall is my favorite season. I love all things pumpkin, including pumpkin bagels and lattes. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.

~ My girlfriends. I know I say this often and loudly, but I am a girl without biological sisters. So, I’ve got my Ya Ya sisters — a cluster that’s surrounded me since high school (some since elementary, actually), who understand my faults and love me anyway. They are so important to me and I simply love them.

~ A job I look forward to going to each day.

~ A desire to be creative in the kitchen, at the sewing table and in the garden.

~ Great books. I’ve just finished reading, “Winterdance,” a gift from Finny. This is the memoir of a man training and running his first Iditarod. I was freezing when reading it, especially when the author writes, “It wasn’t cold, just 20 below.” Oy. Funny, sweet read. I highly recommend it. Four out of five bananas, absoloodle. I’m now inhaling, “Moloka’i” and loving it too.

~ My faith.

~ And certainly, my family.

Happy Sunday to you!

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15 Responses

  1. lots of things to be thankful for.

    your grandparents’ story is adorable!

    enjoy your sunday.

  2. Your grandparents sound like some warm & loving people. You are a very lucky girl! πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for sharing your grandparent’s story. It made me smile and tear up at the same time…my favorite kind of story.

  4. Which grandparents?

  5. What a cute story! Sounds like a heartwarming day.

  6. Your grandparents sound like wise people (and a hoot, to boot!) Great list. We all need to remember to be thankful for the blessings we do have, rather than pining away for those things we do not. And I am loving the onset of fall. First time I’ve ever said that! I put out all my fall decor yesterday. Loving orange this year! Have a great week girlie!

  7. Oh, that story of your grandparents is so great! I love it…what joy they must bring you, and you, them.

  8. Oh, I want to be your grandparents when I grow up. You are so lucky to have them, and that they are still so in love with each other πŸ™‚

  9. So many blessings!

  10. mmmmmm……warm fuzzies!

  11. What a lovely post.
    : )

  12. Lovely! And when you come to Rome, you can add “pumpkin ravioli” to your list of “all things pumpkin”…one of the most divine forms of pasta I have yet tried here.

  13. Sounds like a great and inspiring visit with the grandfolks – and so glad you’re enjoying both books. Two of my faves for sure.

  14. Oh, grandparents are THE BEST! Love that story.

  15. what a beautiful, open discussion you had with your sweet grandparents. that is funny about the 501’s.
    i’m looking for a good book, will check one of them out.
    thank you kelli.