The long drive up and back to central California to gather with family, friends and to help prepare for an of so important single meal is an amazing event indeed. We are reminded that this Thanksgiving we nurture and celebrate so whole heartedly is a celebration of our deep connection with those we love in recognition. A pure showing of our appreciation at the beginning of yet another holiday season.
I was afforded the noble opportunity to chop, dice, sift, strain and assemble the fresh ingredients of a hugely important meal prepared with so much care and affection. Only for a group of souls not there for the food, but to associate with willingly and share in the joy broken by the distance between us.
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – Oscar Wilde
So many changes and life challenges had occurred in that seemingly short year, the celebration of new life filled the room, the sorrow connected with those who were no longer with us inspired stories of times past with appreciation and deep regard.
It was indeed a journey, more time spent on the road in traffic than anyone would ever care to be indulged i especially when you are of the mindset to be with family. The desire to trek halfway across the state for dinner or immense proportions will never be my primary focus, it was indeed the desire to reconnect with special people who I absolutely adore.
“Not what we say about our blessings but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving” ~ W. T. Purkiser
I returned home to a surprise communication that hinted at the possibility that I was indeed missed. It wasn’t a long journey, but one filled with the love of one’s family and their love. This my friends is something that you can’t help but share openly with others in your life.
It is in this knowing of and trusting in our compassion for others that we exude the warmth and appreciation that others may need, and if you are very fortunate they will come to you and share of their happiness too.
Giving thanks via a gathering and a superb meal is in my mind the very best way to connect with those who you love. The exceptional, local Pinot Noir doesn’t hinder the celebration either…
“Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” ~ J. Robert Moskin