I need a tissue!

It's the end of Thanksgiving Day.  We are stuffed tonight. At church I cried, feeling so overly thankful for all that I have.

Carl and I used to say when a holiday was done...it was 'over'.  Nothing lingering.  No more thought given to it.  Just over. Christmas can be like that.  All for the moment, and nothing beyond.

I would like to feel the same way I did in church today, Giving Thanks for all that I have, and feeling it so much I wept.

Gosh, I wish I had brought some tissues.  Once I sat down in that sanctuary, with more families, strangers, and friends than we'd seen since the last Thanksgiving service, and I knew real gratitude was going be be expressed, that I had to find a tissue.

I got up during an opportune time during the service (if there is one) to find some Kleenex.  Nothing in the restrooms.  No extra boxes in the janitor's closet.  Heck, I'm just grabbing a paper towel and going back in for the count.

I'm thankful for my family, for my extended family, for my friends, associates in the real estate business, my clients, the challenges I've faced this year and the small victories I've seen.  Gosh, it's hard to name everything I'm thankful for.  Yet how often do I turn to these wonderful people and tell them that!  Not enough, I'm afraid.

One of my friends sat in the row behind me.  She compared me to an old friend of their family and a member of the church, one that I knew for some time.  She would sit in the back during the Thanksgiving service, and her shoulders would move up and down, like heavy breathing.  She was crying, without sound!

Ann told me that I got the best actor award today, for mimicking our friend, whose been gone some time. Well, Irene Wethern, if I got the best actor in church today for my imitation of you, and with everybody sitting behind me, not me behind them, so be it!

Lesson learned.  I will not be without tissues on Thanksgiving Day. Not ever.

Live richly, marilyn

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