This Thanksgiving, my kids won’t be sitting with me around a laden family table. They’ll be enjoying the holiday on the other side of the globe. Still, I’ll choose to commemorate the holiday by thanking God for our many shared memories…they rest securely in my heart regardless of time or space.
I’ll focus on our shared memories instead of empty chairs…
My son’s holiday plate piled high with two different kinds of dressing and three rolls.
My daughter, waiting to dig into the pies…the comfortable banter they share as they sprawl out on the living room couch after dinner.
I can see them in my mom’s eye…not even the expanse of 7,703 miles can take those memories away.
I hear the familiar ding of my phone and look down to see a message from my 21 year-old daughter, “Hey mom how long does it take to cook a whole turkey in the microwave?” I immediately reply with, “DON’T”…followed by a list of maternal advice.
Of course, I am then let in on the prank…there’s no turkey and thankfully no microwave…
It’s just a cleverly devious prank to momentarily frazzle a few parents the week before Thanksgiving.
We laugh about it…she now has a funny Instastory to share and I have another memory to tuck away.
I’ll choose not to allow the beauty of what I have to be swallowed up in the longing for what is missing this Thursday. I love my kids and they love me, and for now…THAT IS ENOUGH.
I am thankful for my Heavenly Father who always abides close. Although He will not occupy a chair, he makes himself comfortable in my heart and it feels good to know he’s there.
In fact, I think I’ll picture him laughing as my daughter shares the prank she pulled on her gullible mom a few days ago. He’ll have a good chuckle over that one…and I’ll breath easy, knowing He’s also hanging out in her heart this holiday.
May God’s abiding presence draw you close this Thursday. Take time to whisper, “Thanks” for your many blessings… both seen & unseen.
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It must be hard celebrating thanksgiving without your kids, but it’s good you can still have fun – technology is awesome! Iv’e seen a few of those how to microwave a turkey pranks around, you did well! 🙂
Hope that you have had a wonderful weekend! We went on our annual girls pre-Christmas shopping trip yesterday, finished buying all our Christmas gifts and had some fun together 🙂
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That is so funny Shellie! Glad you are back blogging, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!!
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Beautifully written, Shellie. I know you will miss your kids at Thanksgiving, but what a positive way to think about those who are far away. Much better to be thankful for what we have rather than what we don’t have. Always wonderful to see a post from you. Happy Thanksgiving!
Debbie, thanks for stopping by to say hi! May God richly bless you with a heart of Thanksgiving.