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Taking The Thanks Out Of Thanksgiving

Updated on November 18, 2012

Time To Heal

With the holiday around the corner

How can we learn to appreciate

Loving our family and friends just a llittle more

I look back at all the Thanksgivings I have had

Sharing lots of food was a given

Stuffed to the gills and all those desserts

My sweet tooth was on a sugar high

That lasted for weeks to come

Then again I have always spent it with family

Listening to stories and I can't count how many times I said those special words

Please pass looks so good

I can't wait to try it

I will have just a little

Every time I thought I was full

I made room for one more bite

Now why we can't we do that in every area of our life

When we think we have been kind,gracious and thankful

Lets see how we can match that and add a special touch

To bring us more joy

Over the years I have praticed the tradition so well

I can do it in my sleep

Thinking back to when I was young

I can't remember one time I didn't talk to or see mom

She was dab smack in the middle

For the first time in my life things are different

I could be very sad and depressed for losing mom just before Thanksgiving

Then again I can look at all the enjoyable times that I have had

That have outshined my greatest memories

Feeling the comfort and deep down love can only mean one thing

I have borrowed the thanks from Thanksgiving and learned how to do so many things

I was taught in school Thanksgiving was a day that we all should be grateful for

No reason to question, argue it is an unwritten law

A time so many years ago where everyone dressed so funny

When food was scarce and survival was most important

Today we have come such along way

We do take many things for granted

It is human nature to always want more

That is fine as long as we can remember how it all started

Around family and friends sharing life and our good health

With a feast not just for our eyes to see

One so much greater

In our hearts where we feel the appreciation flow

As easy as the hugs and kisses that are given

I can not be thankful enough

Mom you once again will be in the heart of all lifes beauty

This time in spirit not in body

Learning each moment is more precious

Can be a good start on having a Thanksgiving that tops all the ones before

Finding different ways all during the year

To turn those salty tears that I try to hide and wipe away

Into sweet tears of joy

Finding one more reason to love and to hold love just a lilttle longer


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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      picklesandrufus I am sure everything you cook is delicious!!!My mouth is watering just thinking of all the wonderful food.A special part of us with always bring out the mom in us.To share so many feelings and great memories I can see why Thanksgiving is your favorite holiday.To many more and good health always.Have a great day.

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      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My mom joined us in spirit as well. No meal I cook will ever be as good as the ones she cooked and she did it with enormous love in her heart for her family. Enjoyable read.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      GypsyRose Lee I think you could pretend one year you lived here.You could celebrate Thanksgiving like we do.Have fun and eat turkey and all the desserts.Seeing family and friends all day long.It would be like a play where you all are actors or actresses and you all get to play a part.What days do you celebrate?I would love to play your role and learn a different custom where I can feel what you feel.Thanx for sharing.Dim Flaxenwick If I learned anything from my mom it was life is too too short.Live like you have never lived before.Trying everything for the first time.Sometimes nervous and scared but we will make it through this.Reading your kind comment rings a bell and sets off all my I love life so much whistles.Thanx and enjoy your day.

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      6 years ago from Great Britain

      This was amazing.Yes, you can be sad at the 1st Thanksgiving without your mum. it is only natural., but to turn it around the way you say , remebering all the happiness when she was with you is far better.

      You always are the one to cheer up others.I hope, that on this Thanksgiving Day someone will be kind and encouraging to you, more than ever.

      You are very special and this hub is too.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. So wish they celebrated Thanksgiving here. It is a time for family and friends and for counting blessings. Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      kj force You are wonderful.I can't help but laugh and then smile all the way through your touching comment.You hit every point both my wife and I sharing each tender time.How you covered all our feelings and emotions.Thanx so much for being you.shiningirisheyes As the tears flow to my cheek I know life and death happens for a reason.I sit at the table where the chairs are left bare but the dreams dance in the air.I hear the echo of the voices with love and wisdom that are so often said.My gentle peace holds your hand with a new bond of friendship that makes life great.I wish the both of you a great night.

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Beautiful - just absolutely beautiful. I send a proud nod to your Dear Mom, looking down and watching every proud moment from someone so stellar who she raised.

      I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spend mine quietly with my loved ones filling each chair. They may no longer be there to see but they are there to fill my Thanksgiving Day with tender special memories.

      Sending wonderful love your way, today and always.

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      6 years ago from Florida

      DREAM ON..The healing process moves on..being my parents also passed at this time also..we sat around the table and everyone added to the conversation of what they remembered most about them. We laughed and cried, but when all was said, there were many things discovered and it only added to the was then also that everyone realized NONE of the desserts were as good as Nana's..and trust me I'm sure she knew that...they were made with " Love"...Enjoy Thanksgiving and start your own tradition this year...loved the tribute hub...

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      prasetio It is so nice to see a friend over the years.Sharing my poem brings many good thoughts and wonderful feelings to your family at a time where families come together.Thanx so much for sharing.

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      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and very inspiring hub about thanksgiving. Though I had never celebrate thanksgiving, but I know the soul of this celebration through this poem. Voted up!



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