So tomorrow is my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. This year though, it will be a bit different. 3 family members will be working so we'll be having our family get together on Saturday. The husband and I will go have a Thanksgiving meal at the Veteran Home with my father-in-law who is 89. You never know, this could be his last.
So I made a big old lasagna for tomorrow night. All I have to do is pop it in the oven, add a salad and some garlic bread and we're good to go. Those who aren't here can reheat it once they get off work.
This morning, I got weepy - over my sister. It's dumb too, because since being grown-ups, I think maybe we spent one or two Thanksgivings together and that was back when we were younger. I don't have any recent memories of her and that is kinda sad. I do have some of when we were growing up and I do cherish those.
Boy am I learning the hard way about making memories with those you love. Take pictures and try and get together every few years, just so you've got something recent to look back on. Oh and let people take pictures of you. It would be a shame for them, if they do not have any recent ones of you. If you hate your picture taken (like I do) try and get them with family members...that way you are not the only focus.
Yeah, the holidays are always filled with regrets - I wish I had not taken my family for granted - not that I ever intended to - and while I loved them and all, you just figure they will be around for a bit longer than they were. Dad died at age 76 and Mom died the next year at 74. My son died at age 25. My best friend died at age 49. and my sister died at 56.
I hope I take after my aunt Mae, who will be 97 in April. My goodness, when I start to feel sorry for myself, I think of her - who has outlived her parents and all of her siblings and her spouse.
Enjoy the day - and make memories. (and take lots of pictures)