On Thanksgiving Day

I am thankful for the smaller rocks that shape my bigger path

for the supports that hold up that bridge I must cross

for the hand that raised itself to help me even as another beat her to it

I am thankful for the hidden blessings

because, while they hardly ever get mentioned,

they are as air to the clouds

essential though unseen

I am thankful for the recognition that I should be thankful

Gratefulness is the ever giving fruit which

accorded unstintingly

flowers back upon you

time and time again

I am thankful for my family,

For the fact that I have one,

made up, integrated and of the blood,

We are family.

You and


there is a willingness to share and love

Above all,

I am thankful for that.


I wrote those words when I was 26 (currently 40) and obviously had a better (wiser) head on my shoulders.


  1. So glad to hear from you! Been checking back to see if you had posts. Thanks for the wonderful thoughts! Hope all is well

  2. Michel: So happy to hear from you. I'm okay. Thank you so much. I just took a longer than expected hiatus from the blog. Never thought it would go on for so long. How are you? And how is your son?

  3. The fact that you would recognize the value of this enough to reproduce it here for others to see shows that you are, in fact, every bit as wise at 40 as you were at 26...

  4. I am thankful for the hidden blessings.

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    I am thankful for the recognition that I should be thankful

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