Back by popular demand, is our beloved Holiday where every color is displayed on our dining tables and the excuse to eat BIG AND WELL, is not just expected but anticipated. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday by far, for those edible reasons and more. You were born in late October so this was your first official holiday and you attended it by laying in your little rocker at the head of the table next to your own doctor and my friend, Dr. Ken. Dr. Ken and Nick could cook a Thanksgiving meal that gave the original meaning to finger licking good and one of the true culinary memories I will always cherish. Thank you Ken and Nick!
This is also the time of year when friends and family get together to celebrate and give thanks for the lives we do have and those that are in it. I will certainly be doing that while having you in my heart. In one of the most influential books I have ever read named “The Shack.” This is about a man’s journey to understand GOD through the profound tragedy of losing his daughter. This isn’t a story exclusively of loss. But an engaging invitation to look for the humor, healing and reunion in all of relationships and life.
In the entrance to chapter fifteen, titled “A Festival of Friends,” is this quote.
“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” This was written by Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth.
That quote stuck in my memory because it embodies all of our longing for another at one point in our lives. I have included in this month’s post one of your most beautiful artworks because of its vibrancy in color, to be a physical example to all that we are born with, the gift of color in all of our personalities and spirit. I love that in this chapter it reads, “Not only are we able to see the uniqueness of one another in color and light, but we are able to respond through the same medium. But this response is very difficult to control, and it is usually not intended to be restrained as this one is attempting, (meaning his father). It is most natural to let its expression just be.”
It is impossible for me not to express my love and desire of connection with you as well as others each and every day. As God says it is the most natural thing I would naturally do!
So with the bounty of good festivities to come this week I will leave you and all with more color and a catchy song from your Grandpa Lee.
As you fondly used to call him “Grandpa Leaf.” Color in character and spirit runs all through our families, and as I have come to understand, accept the best, and forget if you will the rest. Let the love greater than you and me heal us all and know I wish you and so many other dear friends a Happy Thanksgiving!
I wanted to add a Huge and GRATEFUL THANK YOU TO CHRISTAL,for making and keeping this line of love and communication to my son and others possible. It has been one year and I couldn’t have done this with out you!
Please take a moment in this to post a comment , it is so important for me to get your input. It keeps me going, inspired and connected to you. Thank you with a grateful heart .
I love you,