The first Monday in October...Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Usually it is colder weather, quite often raining but this year was something special. It has been hot and sunny and not a drop of rain, allowing us to enjoy the weekend in ways we often cannot. I read in the newspaper today that a local apple orchard was a hive of activity yesterday as families took advantage of the weather to spend quality time together and enjoy the harvest.
In this family we always have our big meal on the Sunday which enables us to enjoy the meal, the time together and not feel that we are going to be rushing off to our regular weekly routine in the morning. It means a chance to sleep in a little longer and allow all that food to digest.
Our meal last night was a little different and one I suppose we will become accustomed to, hopefully over the short period. We were only 4 at the table. From having been 8 with both sides of the family present at holiday family meals, as we have lost some of those we love, we have dwindled. We were a small family to begin with as you can see. We have been 5 for a long time and now with my mother-in-law in convalescent care we are only 4. We might be 5 at Christmas but there is no telling at this point. And of course I look forward to the day when there are "significant others" and hopefully grandchildren joining us at the table.
I have given thanks for many things over the years. Last night it was that our family of 4 was able to be together this weekend and reconnect with our sons coming and going in their new adult lives.
That is giving thanks.