This Thanksgiving

We didn’t go to her house
on Thanksgiving Day
She didn’t bake the turkey
or make the dressing
We didn’t hear her chatting
with the girls as they
rolled out and cut up
“Grandma’s dumplings”

She didn’t join hands
with us in the circle
as the blessing was said
We didn’t cry, though some
were teary-eyed and the
prayer was lifted in a
broken voice

She didn’t fill a plate and
try every dish
We didn’t hear her telling
old family stories
one more time
She wasn’t there, but…
We had her in our hearts,
and we always will…
A reason for Thanks-giving
every day

We love you, Mom

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8 Responses to This Thanksgiving

  1. arjeha says:

    What a beautiful post. As long as someone remains in our hearts they are always with us.

  2. Lisa Keeler says:

    What a beautiful tribute. She was so much on your minds but you held on to traditions. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Dana Murphy says:

    Oh, this brought tears to my eyes. Bless you. I am lucky enough to still have my mom at our Thanksgiving dinners. The thought of her not being there makes me catch my breath. My heart goes out to you in the most sincere way. Thank you for sharing this with us. It is beautiful. Love, Dana

  4. Wow…it is so hard when they are gone…missing my mother-in-law sweet Verlee too. My own mom, still there, smiling but very troubled. Someday, we will be with them again! xo

  5. blkdrama says:

    Wonderful testament to MOM. I miss mine often too.

  6. Ramona says:

    Love these thoughts that filled your heart on Thanksgiving Day. Thanks for sharing your words that capture how I feel each holiday:
    “She wasn’t there, but…
    We had her in our hearts,
    and we always will…”

  7. margaretsmn says:

    The first holiday after a loss is so difficult. Thanksgiving came anyway. You have her life to be thankful for. Lovely way to honor your mother.

  8. elsie says:

    What a special person your mother was. How perfect to write about her, it keeps her in your heart.

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