It is Thanksgiving Day and we are having dinner at our home in Mesa, Arizona. My sister Deena, her friend Marty, her Daughter and Son-in Law, Mikole and Derek and our friend Shelley Bott will be joining us. The dogs, Ozzie and Daisy, see the table set and are eagerly waiting at the front door for company. Little do they know it will be another four hours.
Memories surface from Thanksgiving dinners sixty years ago. We are celebrating with the Donovan clan. We kids loved our cousins and Daddy always loved being around his sisters. Mom spent hours in the kitchen preparing – like Norm does now! Outcome is always delicious and their way of saying I love you!
Just for a few moments, I find myself in our farmhouse in Centerview, Kansas. The aroma of turkey, and fresh yeast rolls and home-baked pies floods our home. I can hear laughter from Mom and our Aunts echoing from the kitchen as the kitchen aide hums while mashing potatoes.
We girl cousins, Dee, Connie and I are indoors pouting a little, as we have to do household chores like setting the table – then later the dishes! We would rather be outdoors. We sit on the window seat, peaking out the window. I see our quarter horse Smokey and Dad and the cousin boys hanging out in the front yard. Uncle Marion jumping on Smokey and ending out on the ground on the other side of the horse. Cousins laughing, while our Collies Cindy and Beauty mingling. In the distance there are sheep grazing and our old jersey cow, Bessie, peeking over the white corral fence. Cats, chickens and jack rabbits scattered around the barn yard. Our windmill is spinning from the Kansas breeze. Fall leaves floating to the ground. I love the farm memories.
I refocus on my concerns for today. My prayers are for our newly elected President Donald Trump. May he surround himself with good faithful, Christian people and together they make the best decisions for our county and world. I pray we can again become One Nation Under God. I want a safe world for my grandchildren.
I am thankful I live in a country where I can pray and worship my God in a church with our new Pastor Jen whom I love. I give thanks for good health, and my friends that are like sisters to me. I pray for my sons and their families, and for my newly discovered family members that live far away. I pray for Mikole that she give birth to a healthy little girl and that she and Derek and all travelers have a safe drive home. I pray for healing for family and friends battling cancer.
Above all I am thankful for Norm, whom accepts and loves me unconditionally like the dogs do! And I am really thankful it is Norm that Daisy wants to continually play ball with instead of me.
With gratitude in my heart, I give thanks to God for all of you that have connected with me and are reading Dandystories today. Join me in journaling daily and Saving Your Life One Story at a Time.
Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours.