Monday, October 14, 2019

Thanksgiving.


It is also the season of Samhain in Irish Culture when the walls between the living and the dead are at their thinnest. I have been to some fine Samhain celebrations in my time. Some quite extraordinary and difficult to write about.

I am thankful for so much:

My family, both blood and chosen.
My wee apartment and its magnificent views.
My brain.
My mobility, limited though it can be.
My sight, unchanged in over 8 years.
My writing.
My photography.
My knitting.
My sobriety and all that it gives me in love and and support.
My activism.
My beach and my ocean.
My car.
My book club.
My beautiful city.
My blog mates.
My music.

The above is not in any particular order.

So next time I whine, be sure to remind me of this list.

So a splendid Samhain to all and a happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

20 comments:

  1. Love your list.
    And am endlessly grateful for some of the same things.
    The solstices are special times are they not.
    I would like (in the fullness of time) to hear about some of the Samhain celebrations you have attended (those you CAN write about obviously).

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    1. Solstices and equinoxes are special times and not honoured enough IMO, we all emerged from the sea/moon and the turning of the planet is rich with meaning.

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  2. Wnderful list. I like them all. Happy Samhain!

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  3. It's a great list and we all need to remind ourselves of how good our lives are compared to some.

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    1. Exactly Andrew, I remind myself all the time.

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  4. Thank you for that list, and for opening Samhain statement. Like EC, I am grateful for many of the same things on your list. I cannot be grateful for that which I do not have; such a given that cuts both ways.

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    1. And longing for what we don't have can really screw us over, I find myself envying others' energy levels and remind myself I, too, was once full of it.

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  5. Samhain is Sow-wen? I've always pronounced it as written. Anyway, have a happy one.

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    1. The m is silenced by the h and becomes w. Irish is a very complicated language but quite lovely.

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  6. Yes, it's always uplifting to think of all the things we're thankful for, rather than the things we moan about or don't have. I think what I'm grateful for above all is my physical health, which is still pretty good at the age of 72. And of course Jenny, and our lovely house, and having enough money, and so much wonderful music and books, and my blogmates and Facebook friends.

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    1. And your ability to travel I would think Nick. The list can be so extensive when we put our thinking caps on.

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  7. That's a great list, counting your blessings. Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians.

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  8. Beautiful inspirational post! Happy belated Thanksgiving, I just found your blog today,

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  9. I am thankful to have found your blog and your wisdoms and writing.

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    1. Oh that is so lovely Gemma, I am adding you to my gratitude list today!

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  10. Wonderful list. I'm a believer in counting my blessings.

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  11. OOps - I've been missing on parade, WWW, not sure why. Spending too long knitting, perhaps! ;-) I have caught up, without comments for each day. So, belated Canadian Thanksgiving greetings, to you and my extreme sympathies for those negative aspects of your recent trip - as outlined in an earlier posting.

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