Well, Thanksgiving came and went just as quickly as it did last year. Hours of cooking for 15 minutes of enjoying it. And since right now, it’s hard for me to travel in a car for a long period of time, I had to give up going home for turkey time. So instead, yesterday I decided to invite over some of my military buds who are away from their families this year. That’s the thing about the military…your friends rapidly become your second family.
So after hours of cooking (and my friends cleaning up afterwards so I could rest my knee), I made an attempt to hobble around the block for some fresh air. It was the most perfect Thanksgiving day. The smell of decaying leaves, weather was cool enough to bring pink to your cheeks, and it was just so peaceful. Aren’t we lucky to live in such a fantastic country?
So although we didn’t go around the dinner table and talk about what we were thankful for, it wasn’t hard for me to remind myself, even though sometimes I feel angry that Ben and I have been apart for so long. I’m thankful for living in a country like Canada where I don’t live in fear about tomorrow. I’m thankful for Ben and our other soldiers protecting the interests of others and that I too get to be a part of that, even as a soldier at home. I’m lucky to have a fiancé who can stand the distance with me, realizing it will all be worth it in the end. I’m thankful that I have a job that gives me a month to heal without batting an eye and supports me through all of it. And I’m thankful for magazines like Chatelaine, that gave an unknown writer a chance and that they keep the country informed on important topics.
All this to say, what I’m really thankful for is the opportunity to have so many things to be thankful for. We live in a country that does that for people. That’s why I joined the military. Because I believe in countries like Canada that want to provide opportunities to better your life.
Happy Thanksgiving, Readers. I hope you have as many reasons to be thankful.