In a few days we will celebrate Thanksgiving. I have always loved this holiday. It is a time to gather with people you love and just share the gift of one another’s company. Of course the traditional turkey, stuffing and other goodies are delicious and fun but it is the people that make this day a special blessing.

My memories of this holiday are crystal clear. I can still see the faces of my grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sister around the big table. Many are no longer here and I miss them every day, but especially this time of year.

Mom would get up at the crack of dawn to put the “bird” in the oven. The house smelled delicious all day long. Daddy would build a fire and hang Christmas lights. We would bring out the decorations for the tree that would be trimmed after dinner. It was the day that signaled the beginning of “The Season”.