As the holiday season approaches I think more and more people are on edge. Even the little things can set people off. So I was walking out of a store yesterday when a woman texting on her phone literally walked into me. She didn’t have a care in the world and looked up and glared at me. Of course my response was, “Perhaps you should wait to get to your destination before texting.” She turned around and said, “You saw me coming why didn’t you move?” Umm excuse me? When did 40 year olds become as entitled as the generation that they are breeding? I could have said more to the lady but didn’t and walked out. But of course it got me thinking. How obsessed are we with the message coming in, the video we’re watching, the email we need to respond to, that we don’t take notice of the human being walking right in front of us? How often are we using that push of the like button instead of human interaction?
A ten year old passed away a few days ago in our city. I didn’t know the family but heard about the accident both on social media and the news. She was in an SUV with her mother when their car was hit by a man in his 20s who was driving the other SUV. His car crossed over to the other side of the road and he was later charged with distracted driving. Now that man needs to live the rest of his life knowing what he did and that mother needs to live the rest of her life knowing there was nothing she could do to save her little girl. Life can change in an instant. Stop at that yellow light as opposed to trying to beat it before it turns red. Make sure to tell your loved ones that you love them. Live each day to the fullest. Remember that this isn’t a dress rehearsal, you only get one chance…make it count!
As an American who no longer lives in the States, it is hard to keep the tradition of a November Thanksgiving alive, when your country celebrates in October (US Columbus Day). I sit here typing thinking of Thanksgiving pasts. The smell of turkey that would take over the house. The Thanksgiving eves spent at the football stadium watching my high school alma mater take on its rival. The Thanksgiving mornings going back to the stadium to watch the other two high schools in the city take each other on. The Thanksgiving where my mom made a ham, lamb and turkey and all the fixings for just the four of us. The years that my parents spent in New Hampshire and we got to go shopping on Thanksgiving Day since a few of the stores opened on the holiday. Regardless of the memory a smile comes across my face. Those were the good ole days! The carefree days of only low stress and no worries. As the years passed on it still was one of the favourite holidays. I remember the year where we showed up and surprised my family for Thanksgiving. Or last year when the kid and I went to Boston and my husband decided to show up at 7:45am knocking on the door surprising us for the day. Needless to say the customs officer looked at him a bit funny when he asked how long were you there for, and he replied I just went for Thanksgiving dinner.
Regardless of how your day plays out today, whether you’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by your family or friends that are like your family. Whether you have to grin and bear it through dinner or are sitting at a table by yourself, know that your friend in Canada is wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for so much today. My amazing family, my wonderful friends, the three countries that I’m blessed to know and have impacted my life so much and of course all of you. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Well I’m back. I’m sorry for taking such a long break, that never was my intent but sometimes, a break is good for the soul. I come back to you a year older, yes, I celebrated a birthday last month. I come back to you another year married, we celebrated an anniversary this month and I come back to you a bit lighter. This weight is both literal and figurative. If you haven’t seen me in a while I’m a few pounds down…not to worry, nothing is wrong with me. The hubby and I have tried a new way of eating called Keto (whick I’ll tell you more about in the coming weeks) and it seems to agree with us both. It is a daily choice we make to stay on track and yes, it is a choice but one that we’re willing to make for that feisty preschooler we have. The kid has asked me to no longer call her a toddler, which actually she is no longer in that defined title. Usually that stops at the age of three and since the kid had a half birthday during my break well, she’s now in a category all on her own! My preschooler has kept me busy to say the least and with the holidays almost upon us, it’ll just get more hectic. Now is the time to set those family traditions that hopefully she’ll remember for a lifetime. We’re fortunate to have booked a few events that I hope will excite her and remind us of what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. So I’m back and look forward to connecting with you all in the coming weeks and months.