A few hours ago, the Queen-my dear mother-in-law, the maker of the feast, lifted her fork and we began our meal. Greatly blessed with the presence of the Santa Fe branch of our family, we shared lovely food and wine, much talk and laughter, snatches of song (“come ye thankful people come…”), stories and teasing, chocolate and coffee…
Then it was time for my deario to change into his costume and make his way to the tavern to play music for those celebrating the day in Colonial Williamsburg, and for some to tidy up in the kitchen, and some to take a long walk in the crisp late afternoon air. It was my part to watch over my mother as she dozed on the sofa, and I admit to feeling a bit left out.
But as I reclined in my chair, pretending to sleep, I thought about this post…and what I might write…and who might read it…and what their Thanksgiving afternoons (or their Thursday afternoons) might be like…and felt all over again such deep appreciation for the kindredness and caring that is nurtured on these bright pages online…yours and mine and others. Not everyone understands it, but those who do understand how thankful I feel at this moment.
Tho’ this picture is only a few days old, the leaves have since been blown and drenched off the trees….everything is becoming bare and wintry. But Advent is almost here to gild the lovely, austere days…and I am looking forward to making The Bower a sort-of Advent calendar for the next four weeks or so, with a picture to find each day…and perhaps a few words…hoping to see you here.
the wild magnolia November 25, 2011 at 2:46 am
Beautiful words and photo sharing. I have missed several posts, I’ll have to check my Google Reader.
Happy Autumn, Thanksgiving, onset of winter, it is all good.
sarah elwell November 25, 2011 at 3:43 am
I myself feel a bit left out because it’s Friday afternoon here and we don’t have Thanksgiving. I’m imagining you all doing your family thing, your beautiful celebration thing, and I just have to wait until Christmas! I was so much hoping you would write a post today. I’m looking forward to reading about the lovely time everyone had.
Oh, and an Advent here … oh what a wonderful gift! Thank you so much!
maryanne November 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm
Sounds lovely, Lesley!I will so much enjoy checking in here every day.
a pink-bee November 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm
~ thsnks ~ 🙂
melissa November 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm
I would think that you often feel like ‘the one who was left’ since many folks likely think that you’re the only one who can care for your mom. But, on the other hand, you really, really need your time away.
Hoping that someone listens to that need of yours this weekend and that you actually get it. 🙂
Salina November 26, 2011 at 8:16 am
Love hearing these little snippets of your seemingly quiet and peaceful life. Our Thanksgiving was very loud with young ones running all over the place, including my own, and being plenty loud. While many of the older folk drank too much beer and wine…not much to my liking. I know…I don’t sound very thankful…but really, I am. Fun was had by all and I was glad to have family together again…and for that I am thankful.:) Thanks for sharing with us Lesley.:)
Dori November 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm
It would have been so lovely to have sat quietly with you for awhile. I almost feel as I was there.