Ready or not, it’s the holiday season. Seems like as soon as the Trick or Treaters trotted home with their sugar-inducing haul, retailers shifted into holiday mode. Like aging rocker Billy Mack says, “Christmas is all around us, and so the feeling grows.”
But first, here in the States, we’re gearing up for Thanksgiving this Thursday. I love Thanksgiving. I love the way the aroma of turkey roasting in the oven permeates the whole house. I love to watch the Macy’s parade on television, especially the Broadway performances on the street right in front of the store. I love the roll-out of classic holiday movies, like Love Actually.
More than that, though, I appreciate having a reminder to be thankful for all the ways I’m blessed. And I am. I’m a lucky girl. I’m healthy, I have a great home, this year I walked away from a job I hated to live the dream of being a full-time writer.
On the domestic front, having survived a season in hell, I’m living my happily-ever-after with a man who loves me more than life itself. When I first heard Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, I thought of us, and how thankful I am that we found each other. Here’s a little snippet of the lyrics.
When your legs don’t work like they used to before
And I can’t sweep you off of your feet
Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love?
Will your eyes still smile from your cheeks?
And, darling, I will be loving you ’til we’re 70
And, baby, my heart could still fall as hard at 23
And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe just the touch of a hand
Well, me—I fall in love with you every single day
And I just wanna tell you I am
So, honey, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
Maybe we found love right where we are
Our lives aren’t perfect. We worry about finances. We have two out of three collective adult children who currently aren’t speaking to us (gotta love millennials). But we have each other, and we’re a great team. And so I’m thankful.
Just thinking out loud. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. Be sure and hug those you love. Happy Saturday night!
Oh, and as a bonus, here’s your old Uncle Billy.