It seems so appropriate that glorious Autumn should include include the celebration of Thanksgiving. Autumn is indeed traditionally that moment in time... dictated by season where the bounty of summer harvest is gathered in preparation for the cold barren winter lying ahead. At the conclusion of that harvest, all cultures have celebrated and given thanks as groups for their good fortune... usually by feasting... playing music and leisure activity after the strenuous activities of harvest.
In the North American tradition and observance... Thanksgiving is focussed upon Family celebrations and on turkey as the central staple on most tables. While all other additions to table fare can be seen to be governed by regional tastes, "Tom" seems to have a prominent place in the culinary hearts and tastes here in Canada and the United States.
Our family tradition usually follows this set path, but this year our observance will be changed, likely from now forward. It seems highly probable that Deb and I will be alone for Thanksgiving... minus our family members, simply because our move to Rockport has placed us distantly from the two youngest, Bryn and Liam. The other three.. in my own case, have moved on in their lives to have families of their own to celebrate with... and that is as it should be. Deb has much the same situation with her older boys. Brad has his assumed family duties nearby us... and Spencer, Jody and their young "gal" brood have just recently taken up residence in Cranbrook, British Columbia... on the westernmost side of Canada.
Though our families are indeed spread hither and yon at this point in our lives and theirs, we are blessed to have contact regularly as technology and opportunity provides so that all of us still maintain a sense and place of the sacredness of our ever-widening "Family Circle"... no matter distance... or circumstance. Time will bring necessary change to all of us. Rather than railing at that fact... we give thanks that our children can... not just exist in new life situations, but thrive and move on to find new adventure and opportunity as we have in our own lives. "We" give thanks ...for the continued strength and presence... of ... the "Other."
"Tom" will be free from the threat of the axe overhead this year in our Rockport Thanksgiving celebration... being replaced by Deb's forte and a favourite of mine... pork tenderloin. There will only be two (physically) seated at our table to share our meal... but each member of our family... even those who have passed beyond... will be there strongly in spirit. We choose not to forget the greatest blessing of life -Family!
Deb and I wish all of our Family and Friends... a simple "Happy Thanksgiving"... and rich blessings upon your lives and homes!
We are greatly blessed to have you in our lives! Thank you...All for enriching daily life!
"Bounty"... can come from unexpected sources when one looks with imagination... and then "Sees" possibility. This first "abstract" image below is not mine. It is simply a discarded temporary palette on an 8x10 toned masonite panel used by a young girl Brittany in our time spent painting together. I looked at it many times as it sat without purpose beside my easel... but on one fallow day... I saw something within the abstraction which interested me, so I set to work...."imagineering"... playing with that interest.
"Bounty"-an 8x10 inch panel was what emerged... and to my total surprise sold quickly to a lady visitor to the Gallery in Hillsdale. The resulting still life was purely conceived from the notion of "lines" which blocks of colour on that surface raised in my mind. It gave pleasure to me on a day when I was "outta gas"... and restless to do something. It , in turn gave pleasure to a lady who said that she had been looking unsuccessfully for just such a painting for her kitchen.
Out of "the ordinary" came "Bounty". Could that not also be said to be true of life as well? The greatest blessings in life are the smallest ones... closest at hand... and most often taken for granted! Unseen ... unrecognised ... Bounty! On this Thanksgiving, as you sit down to your table to celebrate as a family... look at each face around your table. Each is a blessing... and believe me, life is short and it will change as it evolves. Risk holding hands around the table and asking each of your family to relate a simple blessing that they enjoy in their daily lives. Those words might bring added bounty to your already rich lives!
Happy Thanksgiving out there!
God bless ALL!... and yes...
Good Painting to ALL!
PS An early blessing for "Me"! Deb will be flying to Cranbrook on October 25th for a week to share Hallowe'en Trick-or-Treating with her much treasured Grandgirls... Ava and Ella!
"We" continue to be... deeply blessed.... here in Rockport!
Can there be a better blessing in one's life than this???... Not for me