Another Thanksgiving Without My Parents

Thanksgiving is the time to share what you’re thankful for over the year. It’s hard to think about what I’m thankful for after seeing all the posts saying “I’m thankful for my parents” popping up. I have to thinks about what they taught me and how they made me into the woman I am today. 

With that being said, I do want to share something I am also thankful for regarding my parents.

I am thankful for everything my parents taught me over the years when they were alive.

I am thankful for the time I had with them.

I am thankful for how much they taught me when I was younger and a teenager.

I am thankful for all the support they showed during my dance, cheer, and running years.

I am thankful for them showing me how important finding your way to escape from stress through my creativity and sports.

I am thankful for the vacations they took me on during the summer.

I am thankful for how they shaped me into the strong woman everyone knows and loves.

I never thought about what I’m thankful for regarding my parents since they died. It’s huge for me to take the time to think about what I’m thankful for instead of feeling sorry for myself. Yes, I admit I have felt sorry for myself these last few years.

 These last few days I thought about what’s the point of feeling sorry for myself when I am lucky to have them for longer than so many others. I have my dad for 19 years then my mom for 25 years. I am lucky. I feel sorry it took me so long to realize how truly lucky I am for the time I had with my parents. 

Then at the same time, I wish they could see me as a mom and get to know Anastasia. My heart breaks knowing how they can’t see in this stage of life while many others around have their parents around to help out and see the transition into parenthood. 

It’s hard. I’m starting to see I have so many things to be thankful for through the year. The thoughts are helping me more on and see the happiness in my life again. I may not have my parents but I have so many other things.

I’m thankful for my little dancer/ cheerleader.

I’m thankful for my soulmate.

I’m thankful for my in-laws.

I’m thankful for my family.

I’m thankful for being my daughter’s cheer coach this year.

I’m thankful for my friends, especially the ones who are always there for me.

I’m thankful for my daughter being back in person school.

I’m thankful for her being able to get the Covid vaccine, so she’s safe in school and during her activities.

I’m thankful for Jer and I getting the shot, so we’re protected as well.

I’m thankful for my family being about to get the vaccine and be safe as well.

I’m thankful for Barnes & Noble because it’s so close to my daughter’s school/house, being flexible with the mom life, and, being understanding.

I’m thankful for my man’s job.

I’m thankful for food and my house.

I’m thankful for having two cars.

As you see, I have so many to be thankful for after the craziness over the last few years. Life is starting to feel normal again. I’m hoping it continues to stay that way, so life can shine bright.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Ps keep your negative comments about the Covid vaccine away. You believe what you want to believe and let me do the same.

One thought on “Another Thanksgiving Without My Parents

  1. It’s good to be thankful, to find the sliver-lining. We don’t have to agree on what to be thankful over. Gratitude is what brings joy in your life. If you’re joyful and can find peace and happiness in your life, I am happy for you! Happy Thanksgiving!

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