Determined not to fall into holiday doldrums this season, I am making a conscious and daily effort to embrace gratitude into my rich life.
I am grateful to be married to the finest man I know, whose love nurtures and supports me every day. Larry, I so admire your passion for life, your kind and sensitive nature and the value system that guides your life.
I am grateful to have shared over thirteen years with our sweet kitty, Daisy, who we lost in October. Although I grieve for her daily, especially at Christmas, when she would fiercely guard “her” tree, I am remembering all the gifts she has left for us. She made us smile every day.
I am grateful to watch our other kitty, Buddy, regain strength from early stage kidney disease, at least for now. It is a joy to watch him run and play again, and to regain some needed pounds. His sweet affection and attachment is a constant comfort.
I am grateful to have been so loved by my parents, grandparents, and other family members, all departed now. They live in my heart and are with me all the time, perhaps especially during the holiday season.
I am grateful for the birth of a strong, healthy little girl to my godchild and her husband. The birth of this baby has given me joy every day since her arrival in August. Being named her “god-grandma” was a lovely gift from her wonderful parents.
I am grateful that, ten years ago right now, Larry supported my decision to walk away from a stressful solo family therapy practice. I had no idea that I would discover food blogging and meet so many wonderful folks.
Finally, I am grateful to all of you, my readers, for your support and interest in my tales about food, cooking, recipes, family – past and present – thank you!
Happy Holidays. Hold your loved ones close and enjoy this special and magical time of year.