We have embraced the Thanksgiving tradition since moving to the US. For us it is a day for friends, food and lots of laughter. But, most importantly it is a day that encourages us to be thankful.
After a tough November, taking a moment to appreciate the good in our lives was important. And the break that the four day weekend gave us was much needed. Without a mid-term break, this long weekend is the only real respite in a long school term. A welcome holiday before the chaos of December begins.
We had a wonderfully busy Thanksgiving with friends; lunch in one house, dessert in another; so Friday was a day to relax.
As Black Friday shopping was definitely not on the agenda, we escaped to Breakheart Reservation, one of our favourite places for a walk.
We headed for our favourite spot, the beach. I love it here, looking out over the lake, and it was wonderful to see the boys each stop for a moment too.
Sadly, just as we arrived, the wee girl took a tumble and landed face first on the concrete path. Result: one very grazed chin, lots of blood and some understandably loud screaming. And, two rather upset big brothers.
So, while my husband tended to our daughter, I took the boys on to the beach.
Our visit was now going to be cut short, but I still wanted the boys to have a few minutes to play.
Of course, a stick was immediately found and a game of naughts and crosses followed.
I have no idea who won, and I don’t think the boys cared, it was all about the game and once it was over they headed to the water to throw sticks instead.
Once the wee girl had calmed down a little, we headed back to the car. And, despite the abrupt end to our walk, I am glad that we took the time to get outside together and enjoy this mild November afternoon.
With the very real prospect of another harsh winter, we need to take any opportunity we get!
And, after the sadness of the last month, simply taking a moment to breathe and enjoy time with the kids was just what we needed.
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