Day 10 of Gratitude - I am Thankful for Memories

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We had a wonderful evening last night celebrating Thanksgiving -  I hosted my cousin and his two boys and his dad, my 92 year old uncle.  My daughter brought two friends from work so we were a total of nine.  As we sat down to dinner for a holiday feast, my cousin and I laughed at the size of the table as we gathered around.  Usually I do Christmas dinner and there are about twenty of us there then because more people are home for Christmas.  The smaller party gave us all a chance to appreciate the company of each other and talk a littlemore. 

We have lost a few people through the years.  My mother and my cousin, Chris, both died a few years ago, and my cousin's wife now lives in Florida full time.  It reminded me of the song from Les Miserables, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.

There's a grief that can't be spoken
There's a pain goes on and on
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone

Thanksgiving is a time to remember people no longer with us - and express gratitude for the fact that they passed through our lives at all. We always play a game called Table Talk after we have finished eating.  You take a card andanswer the question.  We go around the table and everyone answers the same question.  It is fun to hear people's different attitudes and responses.  One question was if you could have a party anywhere and cost was no object, where would it be?  Another question was "If you could do something dangerous without risk, what would you do?"  The question though that was a real conversation stopper was "When was the last time you cried and why."  My uncle said it was when his brother, my dad, died.  Hearing him say that made me tear up!

But we have gained people too.  My son got married and now his in laws join us.  My son and his wife had a little boy, Hamilton, who will be fifteen months old at Christmas, so he and his high chair will join us at the table.  My other cousin's daughter got married and now they are expecting.  Next year there will be a new baby at the table.    So as I look back, I also look forward with the belief that our circles are always expanding.  Memories are wonderful because they keep loved ones with us and hope is wonderful because it reminds us that there will be new friends and new adventures to come. 

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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning Lise,

Memories whether sad, happy or the ones we are making now will always be something we cherish.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 25, 2016 06:47 AM #1
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Lise,

Beautiful sentiments, and we agree with you. Life is a beautiful journey. Wishing you a great weekend. A

Nov 25, 2016 07:05 AM #2
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Bill Roberts
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And I thought it was Bob Hope "Thanks for the memories,"  but your story was wonderful Lise Howe 

Bill Roberts

Nov 25, 2016 07:26 AM #3
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Lise Howe  We all get so busy with life that we sometimes forget the real value is family and friends and the time together and the experiences we share. Your post really brings that home.

Nov 25, 2016 07:31 AM #4
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Lise Howe
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Alan Gross - it was really special to have all that time with my family lasst night - Have a wonderful weekend!

Nov 25, 2016 07:59 AM #5
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The circle of life continues, doesn't it Lise?  Memories are the constant.  I hope you continue to enjoy the holiday season!

Nov 25, 2016 08:47 AM #6
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 I think celebrating with friends and family it's such a wonderful event. Sounds like fun  and it's better than a Swanson TV dinner Lise Howe 

Nov 25, 2016 09:24 AM #7
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Lise- this is an absolutely beautiful post.  This Thanksgiving we were with our extended family here in Florida and there have been many changes there as well.  I suppose that when we accept that change is inevitable, we can learn to appreciate our memories. BTW- apropos song from one of my favorite musicals. 

Nov 26, 2016 11:08 AM #8
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                                Thank you Lise Howe 

Nov 26, 2016 05:30 PM #9
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Lise Howe
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Kathy Streib - you are so sweet - thank you so very much for choosing my post.  I really really appreciate it! 

Nov 26, 2016 08:40 PM #10
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Lise Howe what a wonderful post...and a tear jerker.... thanks for sharing those moments...... 

Nov 27, 2016 04:21 AM #11
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Good morning Lise. Time marches on and memories grow! Enjoy your day!

Nov 27, 2016 05:39 AM #12
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Lise, Thanksgiving isn't the same without my parents, and most of my siblings are now far from DC.  Still, Thanksgiving has a way of sorting itself out!  

Nov 27, 2016 06:08 AM #13
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Hi Lise

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family! It is different every year, with people who come and go in our lives and our hearts. It is indeed a time to be thankful for having them, or having had them, in our lives.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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Nov 27, 2016 12:36 PM #14
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Very sweet Lise, and it is true because looking back does put the present in great perspective...happy belated Thanksgiving.

Nov 27, 2016 01:04 PM #15
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Hi Lisa - we have memories at our table too.  Both my parents and my wife's parents but we have gain other's through marriage.  When one door closes another opens.

Nov 27, 2016 01:08 PM #16
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Lise Howe - definitely a different gratitude. Think of someone who miss and be thankful. Great thought.

Nov 27, 2016 09:59 PM #17
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I can see why Kathy chose your post to highlight this week!  

Nov 29, 2016 07:35 AM #18
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® - thank you - I was so surprised and flattered that Kathy Streib picked this - Have a wonderful week! 

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