I am thankful for a lot of things on this Thanksgiving Day. One thing stands out over everything else and that is family: my father, mother, sister and brother. They were not perfect by any means but they were and are good people who formed my life. My parents are both gone now and I miss them. I think about them alot around the holidays because holidays were so important. We had big gatherings. I understand now that my father didn't really like these but I never knew it then. He was a good host and seemed to enjoy himself. Mom, on the other hand, had a ball with lots of people around. She took in the "orphans", those that had no families, and made them feel at home. No one was left to be by themselves. There were no wallflowers at my Mom's parties. She made everyone feel welcomed.
My sister and brother have followed in my Mother's footsteps: either hosting or contributing to large gatherings. Elinor also had "orphans" at her holiday get-togethers. She in turn has passed this on to her children. Today we will be going to Maureen's for the feast. She has invited her sister, Evie and her family, as well as others. In fact, there should be about 23 for dinner and others dropping in for pie. Maureen is a good hostess and her Grandma would be proud.
I am thankful for all the love and joy this tradition brings out. I am thankful for my family.