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A Letter of Gratitude to My Family

I am here, sitting at our new table, thinking of ways to express to you all just how much you mean to me.  With your arrival into my world I have been changed.  I am changed daily, too. Changed by things you do, things you say, things I do, things I say, by this blessed life that we live together.   Let it be known that our smiles,  our angst, our laughter, our frustration, our happiness, our sadness, our love, our pain, all of our daily interactions ARE every single reason to be grateful.  Because life is not always meant to be neat and tidy.  Tables will never be free of scratches.  I don’t know why I forget that so easily?

Please continue to bear with me.  I was raised in a such a way where we put a tablecloth on the table to protect it from the spills or damage.  We never saw the beauty of the wood because it was brand new and we couldn’t let anything happen to it, now could we?   So, it’s hard for me to let go of that notion.   However this belief that when something is protected it’s out of all harm’s way is wrong.   It’s vulnerable, yes, but it’s also allowed to shine.

My solution for the table, and life–in general–is to love it, care for it, protect it, but also allow it to be exposed for it’s true worth.  Not one of us is without a burden or scar; no one is perfect.   I tend to forget this, however you make me remember.  For that, I am forever indebted.  For that, I thank you.

Michael:  Thank you for being the man you are.
You make me the most even when I feel the least.

Mikey:  Thank you for having such a good head on your shoulders.  You delight me daily.

Olivia:  Thank you for being caring and compassionate.  Your social graces make me proud.

Benjamin: Thank you for making me laugh and keeping me on my toes.  You are amazing.

David:  Thank you for being so sweet and lovable.
You have revived our family and my motherhood.

H a p p y T h a n k s g i v i n g
to one and all….

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10 Responses to “l o v e t h u r s d a y”
  1. 11.27.2008

    I loved this. And I’m thankful for you to talk with. Happy Turkey day.

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  2. 11.27.2008

    What a gorgeous post! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving

  3. 11.27.2008

    I’m thankful for you. I mean that. I enjoy coming here and finding posts like this that are so beautiful and almost poetic in metaphor involving a simple object like a new (and kick ass looking!) table. Your family just sounds so very awesome, and I’m thrilled for you, for your hubby and for your kids.

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  4. 11.27.2008

    The last shot is perfect. Life is great when you can just lay on the floor.

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  5. 11.27.2008

    The table as a metaphor for life. I love that. My table I inherited from my parents. It is scarred stained. It even has a saw mark on it.

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  6. A truly exceptional post, M. And, your words for Davey were wonderful. I think having a child make you get a new groove in your mothering is such a gift.

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  7. 11.28.2008

    What a wonderful tribute to your family. You (and they) are blessed!

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  8. 11.28.2008

    What a wonderful post Mishelle, there is such a warm glow of love and such a strong family feeling in it. Like I said yesterday, in a couple of years from now that table will have lived so many beautiful moments in your family. And I get to share those moments through reading your blog. That’s something I’m grateful for! Thanks Mishelle!

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  9. 11.28.2008

    What a wonderful analogy for life. We do bear the scars of life, but the beauty of the soul is never damaged. You have a beautiful soul, dear friend. Thank you again for sharing it with me and others.

    Oh, and thanks for the wonderful shots of your children — and your words to each put so much personality with each. Treasure them, hold them close to your heart, know you are building the future.

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  10. 11.29.2008

    I’m thankful for your table analogy. Such wise words. Happy Thanksgiving.

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