Thanksgiving has come and gone, with a year's worth of turkey stuffed (pun intended) into a few short days of hugs, laughs and food.
This holiday, often seen as a precursor to the Christmas season, has a sweetness all its own. It's too bad it's so close to another busy time of celebration. You really need to savor the individual sweetness that is Thanksgiving.
It's college students coming home, generations gathered around a table, photos exchanged and plenty of football on the television.
It's sharing stories, sharing laughs, sharing the bonds that bring us together.
For this empty-nest mom, it was a few wonderful days of having a beloved son sleeping in his home bed, drinking out of the milk carton and laughing at our inside jokes.
It was heaven. So many of the things I'm most thankful for were packed into a few short days. So many of the people who I am thankful for were with me.
The joys of the Christmas season, the hectic pace of this time of the year, and the knowledge that he'll be home again in less than three weeks mean the usual lonely pangs that accompany his departure are a lot easier to bear.
There are so many exciting events and holiday traditions in the weeks to come. The Grand Meander will light up the cold winter night next Monday; school holiday programs abound; the SCT production of the Best Christmas Pageant Ever, kicks off its run December 7. There are two great concerts coming up at the Clay County Regional Event Center: Lorrie Line on Dec. 2, and Tonic Sol Fa on Dec. 17.
And then there is the Holiday Family Adoption. The love and caring so many of you have for those you've never met, is a yearly blessing. Almost 60 families have already been adopted, and there are more in need.
To pick a family and start the fun, simply call the Daily Reporter at 262-6610, during regular business hours. Our staff will match you up with a family in need. This anonymous support of those less fortunate really brings the true meaning of the holiday to light.
During this joyful season, remember to slow down, let the stress roll off, and really enjoy.
These days go by too fast; it's important to savor each and every one.