Autumn is here!! I don’t know about you, but this is my absolute favourite season and it’s in full swing on the west coast of Canada. The days have turned crisp and cool, (though still sunny!) and the colours are so vibrant as the leaves have begun to turn. When I go out to UBC for appointments with my neuro, there’s a courtyard where the leaves get raked into knee deep piles. Sometimes I wander through there, just to have the fun of kicking them up.
Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away for us Northerners. It’s my favourite holiday. Usually on the Saturday of the long weekend, we go out to Fort Langley for the Cranberryfest. They serve an amazing pancake brekki and then we wander the town and check out all the booths. They close the streets down to traffic and all kinds of artisans and small businesses set up shop. I always make sure I buy dahlias from the church ladies for our holiday table. There are a few of them that grow them in their yards and they pick buckets and buckets of them to sell at Cranberryfest. They have dahlias in every size, shape and colour! For $5 you can choose 6 stems. Can’t beat that!
We usually have our dinner on the Sunday and have friends and family over. I do dinner on the Sunday so that Monday can be a true holiday-no cooking, just coasting on leftovers. Our holiday dinner has become what we like to refer to as “The festival of pie” because my best friend’s husband makes a sweet potato pie and I make pumpkin and apple. Everyone likes something different. Those of us who like all the options get to have three kinds of pie! In addition to family and friends, we also tend to have a houseful of dogs that day. My best friends own Indy’s little brother plus another small dog, so they bring them over too. The dogs get Thanksgiving treats as well-I cook the turkey giblets up for them and they get mashed potatoes and veggies. Everyone celebrates!
In what has become a Thanksgiving tradition, I am sharing with you this beautiful piece of writing, I am not a religious person, but this speaks to my values and vision of how I live my life. Some anonymous soul in the 1600’s recorded these thoughts for posterity so that someday we could read them during this, the harvest season.
Please be gentle with yourself & others.
We are all children of chance
And none can say why some fields blossom
While others lay brown beneath the harvest sun.
Take hope that your season will come.
Share the joy of those whose season is at hand.
Care for those around you.
Look past your differences.
Their dreams are no less than yours,
Their choices in life no more easily made.
Give in any way you can,
Give in every way you can,
Give whatever you possess,
Give from your heart.
To give is to love
To withhold is to whither
Care less for the size of your harvest
Than for how it is shared
And your life will have meaning
And your heart will have peace.
This will be the last post I get up before the holiday, so I want to wish my fellow Canadians a very Happy Thanksgiving! I wish you safe travels is you are heading home to be with loved ones.