This is one of my favorite memories from last Thanksgiving. I wrote about it a little on this site here. http://www.marla-deen-fit.net/3/post/2011/11/the-day-after-and-no-shoes.html
Last year, at this time, we had lost my father after a long illness. My father was basically blessed with 15 years that were given to him after a heart transplant. I had been known to call him a "cat with nine lives" or a "roach" for all the times he escaped the grim reaper. At Thanksgiving we were keenly aware of the empty place that would be at the table. We still had a very fun, festive and thankful time. My brother was a big part of the celebration. He was king in his kitchen sharing laughs and jokes and making everyone feel good. Thanksgiving was truly his day. He totally had the whole eat, drink and be merry thing down to a tee! He and his wife are, or were - I'm not really sure how to say that, huge foodies. It was all about the ingredients, the preparation, presentation, and, of course, the deliciousness! It was a great day of eating, drinking, toasting and enjoying our family time together.
This Thanksgiving we have another empty place. It occurred suddenly and tragically over the Fourth of July Holiday. It means that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving without my brother on the day he loved so much. We will do our best to eat, drink and be merry in his honor. We will have great food, and lots of it. Yet, I am afraid it will be different, quieter, and empty of the jolliness that he brought. We plan to change things just a bit. We know we can't re-create all of the past traditions in the same way this year.
This is the time of year to be thankful and honor all of those friends and family you love (even though they might drive you crazy at times). It is also the time to be even more thankful for and honor even more all of the memories of those we have lost.
I know this post has nothing to do with fitness and health. I think I felt compelled to write it for my own mental health. Thanks for listening.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING YA'LL!
I'm back today with a few things I've seen this week. One week away from the big Food Fest and day of celebrating all we have and are Thankful for. As we really like to eat in my family it's always a great day and we are beginning to prepare! Hope you find something here to make you smile!
Had to share this with thoughts of Thanksgiving in our heads . . .
Sarah Palin has recently lost 35 pounds - Wow! She also says she's writing a Family Fitness book. Personally, I'm thinking she looks a little gaunt in the right photo. What do you think?
Carrie Underwood donates 100 % proceed from Atlantic City concert to Sandy Relief
If you know me you know I'm a huge country music fan. I love the down home feel the music gives me. I especially love how country songs always seem to tell a great story - including church, God and family. (and usually a little drinking for good measure). I think Carrie Underwood is an extremely beautiful person, and she seems more so by her recent donation to those affected by Hurricaine Sandy. On Nov. 10, she performed in Atlantic City, N. J. and donated 100 percent of the concert proceeds back to the hurricane-devastated community. What a great example of a giving heart. http://www.examiner.com/article/carrie-underwood-donates-concert-proceeds-to-atlantic-city-for-storm-relief
Another Thanksgiving Thought! Too funny!
If you are feeling the pressure of all the family coming in or the beginning of Holiday Madness, I like to think about this one.
Don't forget the Maintain Don't Gain Challenge this Year!
Paying it Forward:
Last night I was grabbing dinner for my boys in a local restaurant. (I know, but it was one of those crazy nights!) When I attempted to pay the bill to the cashier, she promptly told me the lady in front of me had paid my bill. My son and I were so touched by this simple gesture! We, of course, paid it forward and paid for the young man behind us! It truly made my day!
Lastly, a verse I've posted throughout my house this month:
Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is god's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16
Hope you are having a good week!
We are at my brother's for the Thanksgiving Holiday. He and his wife are huge Foodies so there has been much cooking, eating, drinking, laughing and repeating. I can only handle so much of a good thing before the need to break a sweat and get my body in action takes over. I was so at that point late Thursday afternoon.
All of the men and boys had gone to the woods on their hunting expeditions so the house was quiet and it was the perfect time to work off some of the feasting. Before leaving I had bought a new pair of running shoes and had them in my car so I was looking forward to giving them a try. Alas, it was not meant to be. Due to some crazy family arranging, I did not have the keys to my car, someone had locked my car. . . with my shoes inside. So, I sat around in my running clothes wondering how in the world my brother had gotten hold of my car keys, and why in the world he had them up in a deerstand!
So, when they came back after dark I quickly got my keys so I could get my shoes and be ready the next morning. Alas, it was not meant to be. My new expensive running shoes were not in the car. So, that explains how I came to be at a Marshall's on Black Friday, looking for running shoes.
Before that morning I could not imagine needing or wanting anything enough to venture out on the largest shopping day of the year. Since I couldn't rationalize spending a lot on shoes again, I hunted and scrounged and actually found a great pair in my size for a mere $25 bucks. Well worth the hassle. That afternoon while the men and boys were back in the woods I had a much needed sweaty run and then just kept walking for another hour. It was perfect! Then I could begin again with the cooking, eating, drinking, laughing and repeating.
I think from here on out, I will just keep those shoes in my car for emergencies.
Have you had to buy "replacements" that really aggravated you? What did you do to get over the Thanksgiving Food Coma?
My bro and his bird . . .Thanks for a great time!