This is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada
The time of trees changing colours, rural fall fairs, hikes in the woods, turkey dinner(s), pumpkin pie, over-eating and time spent with family and friends.
However, like the name of the holiday suggests, it is “Thanksgiving.” In as much as it is a weekend filled with over-eating and getting together with family, it is also often simply seen as a long-weekend.
Nevertheless, the name does suggest “what are we thankful for?”
Yesterday(Saturday), Lynn and I went to the rural fall fair(159th edition) in the village we raised our family in.
It was an afternoon of running into people we hadn’t seen in a very long time. Wandering through the local arena admiring the craft displays of handmade quilts(truly works of art), baking competitions(loaves of bread, buns, cookies, cakes), rows and rows of crafts, art, writing, vegetables and just about anything else you could name as part of the elementary school competition.
Outside in the agricultural grounds had the livestock competitions, farm machinery displays, the midway and of course, the truck and tractor pulling event.
It brought back a ton of memories of our daughter Sara during those years. Entering things into every category possible in the school competition. As well, seeing the logo she designed for the local high school she attended. They had some sort of booth at the fair.
As much as it was a wonderful afternoon, in another way it left me somewhat sad.
It was sad from the perspective, that Lynn and I had to drive back to an empty house.
No Sara at home to celebrate with, as she lives on the other side of Canada in Halifax.
No family dinner to either prepare for or to attend.
Lynn still has family, but it seems for one reason or other things were put off until next weekend.
I don’t have any family left. So, I do miss the family get-togethers.
Today(Sunday) is the big family day. Slow roasted turkey dinners, pumpkin pie and time spent with family. Traditionally, it is the first time kids return home from heading off to university or college in the fall.
I’m thankful for sure, but can’t help feeling a twinge of nostalgia and sadness all at the same time.
Thankful for the almost twenty years we spent in that little village. As Lynn said yesterday, it was the perfect spot to raise our daughter. And you know it was.
I often tell people that your kid could start in kindergarten and be essentially with the same kids in the same class, all through elementary school and certainly with most of them in the same classes during the high school years. Those are friendships forged in early, but that which lasts a lifetime.
But, I miss it though.
Miss being able to walk to church; to walk to Foodland; walk to “downtown.” I miss going into the local restaurant and simply finding an empty seat at a table, regardless of who else was sitting there. Hell, you knew everybody.
I miss it.
Hopefully, today we’ll be able to connect with Sara over the phone.
Last night they(Sara and Sarah(roommate)) had a musician play a “house concert” at their apartment as part of his cross Canada tour.
Next week, the two of them are off to California to see someone in concert(I have no idea who – I only know bands from the previous millennium) and as well a bit of vacation time in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Fransico.
So, this weekend regardless of it is “Thanksgiving” in your neck of the planet or not, be simply “thankful.”
Be thankful for:
- fall colours
- just be thankful
Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving from Canada!