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    November, A Time for Thanksgiving

    By: Christy V. Temple

    It’s truly hard to believe that we have just passed over the threshold for the month of November. Where have all the other months gone? I mean really, wasn’t it just July 4th yesterday? Anyway, any time I think it’s going to take forever for something to get here such as a vacation, holiday, etc. I have come to the conclusion that I am now very wrong. The moments in our lives seem to go by so quickly now and it’s as if certain months just don’t even exist.

    In any event, we are now residing in the month of November and I must say that it hasn’t always been one of my favorite months but as I get older I see the wisdom and the beauty and the gratitude in November and I wish it could be more evident the rest of the months as well.

    For one thing, Thanksgiving is fast approaching and we all know what that typically means. We will all travel to family and friend’s homes and feast on wonderful foods until we nearly explode or fall into a food coma. After all, we know that “Trytophan Turkey” is lurking out there waiting to lull us into a deep and abiding sleep. Ahh, sleep, what a wonderful thing and something I seem to need more of lately.

    Anyway, I digress. The reasons I am really starting to see the wisdom in this month stems from many things. I love the Fall of the year first and foremost. I love the changing colors of the leaves, the crisp air and perfect blue skies with white puffy clouds overhead. I love dressing up in sweaters and light jackets, nothing too heavy mind you, but just enough to keep off a light chill in the air. Of course, I also love the food including oyster dressing or stuffing, depending upon where you are from. I also love the sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, broccoli cheese casserole. Do you see a theme here? Yes, I love casseroles because they are warm, tasty, and they truly feed your soul on a cold day.

    What else do I like in the way of food? Well, let me count the ways. I love the turkey of course. I also devour things like my mom’s recipe for Cranberry Jello salad. It’s not only pretty but tastes amazing. I also immensely enjoy Apple pie, Pecan pie, Cheesecake, German Chocolate cake, and so on and so forth. I’m also a big fan of having around some appetizers beforehand like a few dips perhaps that are warm and inviting like hot crab dip or Artichoke hearts and parmesan dip. Okay, I had better stop talking about food because I am now craving all of these things. It’s amazing what you can talk yourself into.

    Anyway, there are many more things that I love about November and this time of the year. I also love the idea that this is a time to count your blessings and truly be grateful for what you have. I think we all tend to be a little grouchy and irritable sometimes and whiny about the way that life has treated us. However, I don’t think there are too many people that I know that can’t say that there is something they have to be grateful about. All we have to do is look around us to see that there are many in this world that have it much harder than we do on a daily basis.

    So, as the season approaches and things will inevitably get crazier because we all think we have to be in two places at once, please try to remember to stop and take time to truly reflect on why you are here and what you have to be thankful for in this month. Remember, it’s not about going out and buying ourselves silly on a little day called “Black Friday.” There is so much more to life. We all need to stop and remember our families, friends and those that have a hard way to go in life and to show kindness and encouragement to them all.

    Here’s wishing everyone I know a wonderful and mindful Thanksgiving season and to remember and be grateful for what you have right now in front of you. Life is precious, don’t let it get away from you.

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