Let us be thankful—not only because
Since last our universal thanks were told
We have grown greater in the world’s applause,
And fortune’s newer smiles surpass the old—
But thankful for all things that come as alms
From out the open hand of Providence:—
The winter clouds and storms—the summer calms—
The sleepless dread—the drowse of indolence.
Let us be thankful—thankful for the prayers
Whose gracious answers were long, long delayed,
That they might fall upon us unawares,
And bless us, as in greater need we prayed.
Let us be thankful for the loyal hand
That love held out in welcome to our own,
When love and only love could understand
The need of touches we had never known.
Let us be thankful for the longing eyes
That gave their secret to us as they wept,
Yet in return found, with a sweet surprise,
Love’s touch upon their lids, and, smiling, slept.
And let us, too, be thankful that the tears
Of sorrow have not all been drained away,
That through them still, for all the coming years,
We may look on the dead face of To-day.
I remember some very Happy Thanksgivings and some very sad and scary ones indeed. When a child, being so small, life can be so large! It molds us into who we are today! If we can take all of the good, some of the bad, and a little of the very bad and remember it has made us and pocket it all in a little corner, knowing it is there for future reference. It is a thing of the past! We are able to draw from it what we want and leave the rest safely tuck away! We owe it to ourselves and those who do and have cared or loved us! It allows us to be able to lead the kind of life we want! Choose joy, love, happiness, and family! They are truly the best things in life!
A very heartfelt Thanksgiving from Carolyn at Cozinest Hollow!