According to Brockie family legend, my brother Nick once said that Easter is much like Christmas only better because you don’t have to buy people presents.

I’m starting to feel the same way about Thanksgiving, it is quickly becoming my favourite holiday (though I do like my Christmas Carols and eggnog!).  I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I don’t get into shopping (if you can’t but it on Amazon.com it’s not really worth having anyway) so for me it becomes 4 days of doing nothing other than eating, drinking, and hanging out with family at a time when the respite from everything going on out there in the big bad world is always very much needed.

It’s also a great time to take a deep breath and look around you and really appreciate all the amazingly good stuff there is out there.  It doesn’t mean there isn’t bad stuff and there aren’t hard times, but for now, look at all the good things you are blessed with. This year in particular I have more to be thankful for that I have any right to expect.

  • Siraya, after several very difficult months in and out of hospital, looks like she might finally be on the mend (much knocking on wood and crossing of fingers).
  • Iona and Calum continue to amaze and inspire me as they grow beyond anything I could have wished for.  The world is going to be a better place, thanks to them.
  • Dad is back up on his feet (tentatively perhaps, but you just know there is a bike in his future – and hopefully not too many canal boats).
  • I have had excuses to spend more time with the rest of my family and remember how much fun it is and they are.

The year ahead will have many hard days and weeks in it I’m sure, but I am even more certain that this time next year, I’ll be able to sit down, ponder awhile and be very thankful for all the amazing people I know.

So, during this often crazy time of year, take the time to breathe and be thankful,you’ll be glad you did.

:: Justin ::