J: Happy Thanksgiving! This is my favorite holiday, and, thanks to waking up when the boys came home at 2:38 this morning, I've been able to enjoy just about every minute of it.
I'm sure as I'm typing that people all over the country are lacing up their shoes and heading to a Turkey Trot to start the day. The turkeys have been trotting for a while here on the Parkway. We have a pack of 7 wild birds that roams the parkway on a daily basis, stopping traffic and causing everyone to pull out their phones to document the strange group. So I guess I've been thinking about Thanksgiving, and trotting, for a while now.
So, on this day of thanksgiving, I'd like to give thanks to all of those who have trotted in and out of our life here on the Parkway over the past year.
First of all, I am thankful for my family; my wonderful husband and boys who walk with me through everyday. Your constant, loving presence keeps me moving forward.
Next, I'm thankful for my sister and her family who keep that crazy show across the street on the road. Truly, they walk on water.
I'm thankful for my parents, who taught me to walk.
I'm thankful for the caregivers, who walk in everyday with smiles, and kindness and compassion.
I'm thankful for my brother and sisters who are supporting the Parkway in every way they can. They might not walk the Parkway very often, but their love and prayers support us.
I'm thankful for our parents' relatives and friends who walk in for a visit and break up the day for our parents and the caregivers.
I'm thankful for the legions of friends and neighbors who ask about our parents and let us know they are praying for them. You make our steps lighter
I'm thankful for the doctors and philanthropists working to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, so that soon no one will have to walk this walk.
Webster's Dictionary has many different definitions of the word "walk" One is "to move along by foot, advance by steps". And another is "to pursue a course of action or a way of life". Here on the Parkway, we are doing both. Our course of action is not always clear, but we keep moving forward, step by step. Day by day, we "walk by faith when we cannot see" (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Thank you to all who are on the journey with us.