I find thanksgiving.
In remembrance, I find a feast.
It's in big things, like remembering
rough stones that have lined my journey,
and seeing them smooth some of my sharp edges.
Like the poets, I count the ways.
I count that it's been over one year since I had a stroke
and heart surgery,
and here I am,
heart-strong and feet-steady.
When I remember, there are skeins of thanksgiving
woven into this heart.
Six months since Winnie’s leg, the worrisome spot,
the relieving news, the surgery.
There are not enough words for this kind of thanksgiving.
This is life. There will be stormy days for all of us.
But remembrance is my feast.
thankfulness is my life raft.
I find thankfulness indeed when I count the big things.
And I find joy in the small.
Like when the wind pulls umbrellas
and makes us think, just for a moment, that we might fly.
Or in gathering leaves.
Twirling till we’re dizzy.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.
I am thankful for you.
Thankful that we share this earth,
with all of our colorful, quirky differences.
What a feast!
Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Katherine Paterson, ill. by Pamela Dalton
Pilgrim Cat by Carol Antoinette Peacock, ill. by Doris EttlingerThe Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Psalm 23 illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson