Older Than Dirt: Thanksgiving

Turkey time is fast approaching. I can tell by all the reminders in the grocery store, as well as the change in the weather. As usual, there are always those who dread spending the required time with family. Fortunately, I am not one of those.

For me, I find myself missing the holidays I had with my parents as well as others who are now gone. Once your parents are gone, the holidays change forever. We often try to continue the traditions our family shared for many years. But often times those memories of tradition are just that. Memories.

It is a time to stop and be thankful for all that we have. If you haven't done it all year, at least do it now. Surely there is much in your life to be thankful for. It may be that you have a decent place to live, friends and family, and food on the table.

Sure, you would like to have things even better, but accept the things you have now. All that any of us really have is right now. No one knows what tomorrow may bring, and you may wish that things were as they used to be.

I personally have lost many people I love. I like to think that they will all be sitting together at a huge table beyond the clouds, sharing the day. I cannot bring them home and tell them how much they mean to me, so I am thankful that I did it when I had the chance.

There was a time in my life that I earned a lot of money. I felt blessed and always tried to share with others. I never took my job for granted and knew already what it was like to be poor. I would often laugh about how, "I've been well off, and I've been poor. Being well off was much more fun."

Let's be realistic here.

I think that the older we get, the more things we find that money can't buy. Good health, good friends, and of course family. We can't go back and fix mistakes, nor can we tell those we have lost how much we love them. None of us is promised a perfect life - even though the Kardashians would like you to think they have one. They too suffer loss and tragedy just like the rest of us.

Thanksgiving should not only be about cooking a turkey and traveling on a long weekend. Instead, take the time to think about all that you have, not what you don't have. Be thankful that you are still here to make memories for those you will leave behind someday. Stay away from the world news on television for just one day. Pop in a movie to share, or watch football, and take lots of photos. It is, after all, a day to be thankful.