My parents used to go to the river front and drink coffee, watch the barges go by, and take in views like this. After my father died in August of this year my mother and my sister and I drove to the river front and enjoyed watching this sunset. It was so peaceful. I will never forget that sky, the river, and learning that mom and dad liked to go there to just hang out.
This Thanksgiving is the first one without Dad. We are doing it differently this year, still with family and good food. I have no doubt that it will be a good holiday.
What I will miss the most is his prayer just before a meal like the one we will have tomorrow. Dad would often give thanks. And many times over the years I know that I am not the only one who would be teary eyed when he finished. His heartfelt prayers touched us all deeply.
Yes, it will be odd not having him there, but when we did have him with us he blessed us all. And for this I am truly thankful.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with love and peace.