This week we celebrate Thanksgiving and it is going to be crazy (which is why I will not be around to write a post). I am spending this holiday with my boyfriend D and his family in Minnesota, but I am also battling a horrible
cold bronchitis that I am wishing will
go away by Wednesday. Still I am not planning in letting a bronchitis ruin
One of the things I am most thankful for is been able to be in a different setting this year because. This is the season I have been dreading since my father passed away in April. I know I will miss him terribly. I will be bombarded by memories of the holidays, all which include my father in some way. As I write this post I smile thinking of my favorite Thanksgiving Day memory:
"I was about 10 years old and living in Puerto Rico. As I was watching the Macy's Parade, the camera showed a little girl wearing a beautiful red coat with white mittens. Instantly I fell in love with the coat and mittens, and I wanted a pair. I told my parents and they both looked at me interestingly probably becaure it is between 80 and 90 degrees in Puerto Rico during the season. For days I talked and talked about it., driving them crazy. And don't ask me how but on Christmas Day I got a pair of mittens, which I proudly wore for days even though my hands were sweaty!"
This could be a time full of sorrow but I am choosing to focus in the joyful parts, especially the last year. From the minute my dad was diagnosed with his illness to the time he passed away, the family as a whole was able to create so many memories with my dad, mostly because his condition was not visible nor affected him physically until the last weeks of his life. So this Thanksgiving I am VERY thankful for so many things!
I AM THANKFUL FOR:
- An awesome God who had the providence to give me my dad as my earthly father.
- For making new memories.
- For family coming together and supporting each other through the hard times, and laughing together at the wonderful memories of a life well lived.
- For a wonderful boyfriend and his amazing family who have welcomed me with open arms.
- For a new job with wonderful co-workers.
- For a new dog who has brought so many laughs and joy to me and Rummer ( my other pup).
- For reconnecting with old friends and picking up as if we had never been apart.
- For a successful surgery and recovery which have allowed me to start running again.
- For amazing blogging friends who are always there to listen and offer sweet comments, wise advise, and many laughs. I love ya! And in this spirit of this thankful feeling towards my fellow runners, I leave you with this photo courtesy of Brooks, which totally made me giggle!
I hope you all a wonderful Thanksgiving full of love, family and friends. And for those of you venturing out on Black Friday, in the wise words of OliveToRun: Happy holiday shopping... crazies!