Celebrating Thanksgiving as an adult has always been different each year for me. This has mainly been due to my being single until about 50, with very little family. One year standing in the cold at the Macy’s parade in NYC with friends… another year flying early Thanksgiving morning from Taos, NM to Dallas, TX to be with a dear friend and her family… and, still another year, hosting a dinner for five women friends my first year living in Gilbert, AZ. It has been a holiday marked by little if no traditions or consistency, something that I pined for. Until recent years.
Since Thanksgiving 2004 there has been one consistency, a person, Roger Wyer, my beloved. Yes, this was our 9th holiday together. We’ve celebrated it differently each year, but always together – surely some kind of record for me!
This year we hosted a dinner at our cozy home in Sedona, AZ. We were joined in celebration and gratitude with dear friends and Rog’s mom, and enjoyed meaningful conversation mostly around spirituality and great food, of course.
And, I played a song that I consider my special Thanksgiving prayer (although it is relevant every day). I was delighted that our guests resonated with it and appreciated it as I do. “May the Light of Love,” by David Roth, is upbeat and folksy, and the lyrics are precious and pretty much say it all for me. Here’s the opening verse:
As we come around to take our places at the table
A moment to remember and reflect upon our wealth
Here’s to loving friends and family, here’s to being able
To gather here together in good company and health.
You can read the rest of the verses in my “You, Me, and Spirit” blog. Your comments are most welcomed!