“The most fortunate are those who have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy.”

I am reposting last year’s Thanksgiving musings. They can’t be bettered. There is, however, one change. We are going out to eat. I’ll have to dress for dinner. Yesterday I made my chocolate pie. My sister made her chocolate pie as well as her other pies. My other sister literally had to stuff her huge turkey into the roasting pan. It just fit.

I always think a day set aside for giving thanks has to be the best of all days.

Thanksgiving is the least adorned holiday of them all. We don’t buy each other presents or decorate the house. There are no new outfits in spring colors. The highlight of the day is dinner and being together around the table as a family related by blood or friendship. Of all the holidays, it is the one in which we all share so much in common. Traditional dishes unique to each family are served but so are turkey and mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy and all those pies. It is the time for us to remember the people we love who are no longer with us and to appreciate the ones who are. We give thanks for the good in our lives, the food on our tables and the glory of every day. We talk together and laugh together at dinner. We pass the rolls, the green bean casserole and the canned cranberry sauce with the ribbing. We eat until we can eat no more. We finish by doing some cleaning up then relaxing in the living room until we have some room for dessert.

This morning I will watch the parade, the same as I have done as long I can remember. I’ll talk to my sisters to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving. I won’t dress fancy for Thanksgiving, none of us really do. I’ll sit with my friends and enjoy every part of the day. I am thankful for the life I have been lucky enough to live, for the people I love and the people who love me.

I am thankful for all of you, my Coffee family.

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22 Comments on ““The most fortunate are those who have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy.””

  1. Pat Says:

    And we are thankful for you, for Coffee and for traditions that keep us grounded. Happy Thanksgiving to all- Pat

  2. Annie Says:

    I agree with Pat, we are thankful for you Kat. I look forward to the window on your world every day ( except Wednesday!)
    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks so very much. I love “the window on your world..” comment. What lovely way to describe every day, except Wednesday!

  3. Bob Says:

    I will second those sentiments. I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Thanksging. You forgot to mention watching the Dallas Cowboys play football which has been a long standing Thanksgiving tradition. Going out for Thanksgiving dinner to a restaurant is tops on my list and no dishes to clean up.

    • katry Says:

      This is Patriots country here. I did not even know about Dallas, but I’ll wish them a victory for you!!

      You’re right about the dishes. The preparations too take forever.

      I haven’t been out for Thanksgiving in years. I will miss the leftovers.

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may those Cowboys wallop the Panthers.

  4. greg washington Says:

    always thankful for you and Coffee, especially on days when your heart pours out its gentleness.

  5. olof1 Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

    That is the one holiday that never would work in my family, we might actually start world war three if we tried to get together 🙂 🙂 🙂 The only thing we would agree on is that we all wish mormnor and morfar still was around.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      You don’t celebrate Thanksgiving but we still send you all the blessings of the day!

      I miss my mother and father the most during holidays.

  6. Birgit Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving dear Americans and thanks for blogging, Kat!
    I also like “the window on your world”. I’ve probably learned more about American life reading your blog than I did in school and it was/is definitely more fun. To be honest I wouldn’t probably know that Thanksgiving is on this day in the States and wouldn’t know that I would miss annual Arlo 🙂
    Thanks for your music too, old favorites and new-to-me songs and more. I remember that I sometimes felt odd in school knowing a lot about American folk music but not the latest chart hits. How to talk about great singer-songwriters like Buffy or Malvina Reynolds or the beauty of McGarrigle harmonies when schoolmates haven’t even heard of Dylan and Mitchell?
    Have a great Thanksgiving day!

    • katry Says:

      I always enjoy when you’ve learned something new about America. Historical events are well-documented but every day life and all the traditions are seldom discussed.

      I am glad to know the folk music, new and old, is appreciated. You have named my favorites.

      I am guilty of knowing little about German music and German traditions.

      It was a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. lilydark Says:

    Happy Thangsgiving,Kat. Thanks for bringing so much music into my life.
    Lori and her grateful crew

  8. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I went to my brother and sister-in-law’s for dinner. It was great. My nephew was there, too, which was even better than great as I don’t get to see him very often.
    I hope your Thanksgiving dinner was warm and wonderful and delicious. Two chocolate pies! Wow.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kat. I look forward to reading your thoughts and reminiscences every day (except Wednesdays) and am thankful you continue to do it.

    Love, Caryn, RockyRandom and Piki Dog.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Dinner too was great at the Ocean House. I brought home the leftovers and have enough for dinner tonight. They didn’t skimp.

      Some days my mind is a total blank so I have to do some sifting to activate the memory drawers. I am lucky and thankful to have regulars like you who drop by every day.

      Love, Kat, Gracie, Fern and Maddie

  9. sprite Says:

    Belated wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. I remain grateful to have your posts and songs to look forward so often. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, sprite!

      I am glad you get to catch up with Coffee. It is getting to be Christmas carol season. Today I figured fit into winter as many of the middle states got clobbered with snow.

      I enjoy the friends and I like having a place to share!

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