Thanksgiving is bittersweet holiday for me. It is a time to be thankful in life for family, friends, good health, etc. It is also a reminder of the people that are no longer apart of my life. People I once considered family. Unlike all the other holidays Thanksgiving is the one where I feel people who have lost a loved one feel their absence most on this day. I cannot avoid the fact that for the first 20 years of my life I spent this day with relatives from my dad’s side at our grandparents house with aunts, uncles, and cousins. On one of those Thanksgivings I was fighting off a cousin in the dark of my grandparents garage as he molested me and little did I know molested my little sister on that same day. However that is not a painful reminder to me I am at peace with that man. I continue to pray for them daily. God has blessed me with incredible parents, sisters, family from my mothers side, friends, and strangers I’ve never met but share their voice with me after hearing mine.
So on this Thanksgiving that we already celebrated last weekend with family and friends I am thankful for the family that has always supported me, the strangers that have shared their voice with me over the years who found the courage to break their silence after hearing mine, having good health this year, a job, a new book, and an old dog that lived to see another thanksgiving.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING 2009