Last year, our family had Thanksgiving over a Zoom call as the virus was taking hold. It was different, yes, but the bonds that bind a family are not easily broken. I have to tell you something very personal.
I’m thankful for the growth I have experienced since the pandemic and for having a greater appreciation of time. Let me explain.
As many of you know, my mother lived with me for the last 25 years. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2017. We’ve always been super close, and I was blessed by her love and mentoring.
Because of the pandemic, I spent the last year and a half of my mother’s life caring for her and sharing time with her like never before. I was working from home and checking on her several times a day, even stopping to watch “Judge Judy” with her. Sadly, her cancer grew and treatment options stopped. Mom passed away on Sept. 19, 2021, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about her.
I also have more quality time with my husband Barry and our son Ian. We work on projects around the house, we hike, and we always have dinner together. But now, we talk — really talk — about the world, politics, memories, and what the future holds for each of us.
Mom’s passing has been very hard on them, too. Barry treated Mom like his own mother. Ian always smiled as he would explain to others that he had two mothers watching his every move all the time.
As you gather around the Thanksgiving table, I hope that you and your family take a moment to reflect upon what you are especially grateful for in your lives and give thanks for your many blessings. It may be hard, given all that you have gone through and maybe struggling with now. I get that.
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I want to thank you for the time that you share with me on the radio, podcasts, this website, social media and more. Please know I include you all in my daily prayers. Happy Thanksgiving!