Happy Thanksgiving 2012!!!!! The ultimate Thankful Thursday. So far it's been an interesting year. Good, bad, ugly and downright depressing. I have experienced every emotion possible this year from ecstatic joy to gut-wrenching grief. Through it all I have always had people to turn to and help me through it, although I still have those "I am Heather, I can do it myself" moments. I have so much to be thankful for. More than things. I have people. Lots and lots of people. Family, friends, acquaintances, even strangers who make me realize how wonderful my life is and how thankful I should be.
I won't be spending Thanksgiving with my family this year. My boys are with their dad and I have to work tomorrow. My family is two hours away so that is too much to do in one day to make a trip back and forth. I will see them this weekend, and though it hurts to know they will all be in one place together I am going to a friends to spend Thanksgiving with him and his family. **Nothing like a Holiday to meet 25 new people right?**
This year in particular, beside my parents and sisters and close friends there are two people who I am truly thankful right now.
My co-worker and friend and surrogate mother Margaret. I love her whole family. They have done so much for me in the last few years. Picked up my kids, watched them when they were sick, had us over on holidays with their own family. She is my voice of reason when I can't be with my mom to talk to her. She is my strength when I need someone to talk to. She has done nothing but be there for me. She is the person I could call at 3AM and would get out of bed and come rescue me. She is my angel and I love spending time with her and her whole family!
My other person is my friend Melissa. I have known her for over 20 years and she is one of the strongest, bravest, most incredible women I have ever met. A single mom , she single-handedly raised her daughter, put herself through school, worked hard and has made an incredible life for herself by her own rules. We have gone through periods where we haven't seen each other for years, even spoken because we are busy and live so far apart but when we do finally meet up it's like it was five minutes ago. She has been my constant, my reassurance and has encouraged me to things I would not normally do. I have the best adventures when we are together and she is one of the truest friends I have ever had. I just wish she wasn't 15 hours away.
These are only a snippet of the incredible people in my life, the people who have been instrumental in making me the person I am, whether they know it or not.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Eat, drink, be merry, be safe. Tell everyone you love them today. Don't be afraid to let bygones be bygones, don't hold grudges. Have a beautiful wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!