Thursday, November 22, 2018

Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

Thanksgiving 2018

I don't know if everyone is the same way.  I talk a lot of shit and complain about everything in the day to day.  But inside, I'm super duper grateful.  When I take a shower I think of all the people that don't have that luxury, to get completely clean and feel so rejuvenated.  That one thing everyday that helps us to clean the slate and start anew.  When I sit down to a meal with P I think how lucky we are to have plenty of food to eat every single day.  That we never go hungry.  We often get to share home cooked meals together.  When I ride my bike I thank God for my health, that even though I've been such a knucklehead in life, I figured out how to make my body last longer by not abusing it.  I try to keep it up, muscles stretched and slightly hardened, heart pounding. And so thankful for the mind.  The ability to keep learning and discovering, exploring.  I appreciate the friendships that I have fostered and the relationships with family that grow stronger every year.  I hold all of this very near to my heart and praise God for it.

Thanksgiving for me is a dinner made for all of this gratitude, an offering.  And so it's bounty should reflect that level.  When I look at this plate I am basically looking at my life that year.  It shows we came out the other end of something yet again and hopefully both of us will be even better than before. 
Finally a super moist delicious pumpkin cornbread.  A raw cranberry relish that was better than any previously made.  Gravy that held it's own in richness.  Homemade green bean casserole with fried onion rings made from delicate shallots.  Stuffing with sausage mushrooms, apples and celery.  And a spinach apple walnut salad with bleu cheese to start.  The creamy mashed potatoes were heavenly with roasted garlic and Parmesan.

I also like these end of year holidays because no matter what went down in your life for the last 12 months, we all get a pass of sorts, to take that year out with yesterdays trash and start fresh.  We prepare for the one ahead, where there is always a chance to make it better.

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