Well, G woke up at 4 am with burning fever, and now she’s throwing up. So instead of driving down to Bell Buckle for Thanksgiving with the clan, we will be waiting a day or so to travel, meaning no actual Thanksgiving meal for us today. Huge bummer. I dream of Thanksgiving foods all year, waiting to feast on turkey, stuffing and cranberries. (Thankfully, J and E are with their Dad’s family for the holiday this year, so at least they won’t miss out.)
Sickly toddler who wants to be held + tired mama = a photo of what Thanksgiving Day 2012 looks like at Casa Hickju.
Still, I am fully aware of how blessed we are, and I never, ever take any moment for granted. I understand now better than I ever did before the joy of simply getting to hold my feverish child in my arms as long as she wants me to, seeing her flushed little cheek pressed up against me, and just listening to her breathe in and out.
She’s here. I’m here. We are together. She will be well and whole and healthy, dashing around the house and garden with her cousins within just a day or two. And that’s what I am thankful for today because I know all too painfully that there are many parents all over the world today who are also holding beloved children in their arms – children they know will not be well again. I’ve been that parent, and as I snuggle my feverish youngest against my chest this morning, I’m crying just a little for each and every one of those mothers and fathers.
How are you spending your Thanksgiving Day today, and what are you feeling especially thankful for this year? I’d love to hear.
Love from our family to yours,