In a blink…..

Thanksgiving is fast approaching.  Two days to be exact when my family and I will be settled down at the dining room table, feasting upon a turkey who so gallantly gave up his life so we could nourish ours.

The next two days will be filled with scents and aromas that I sorely missed last year.  This time last year I was recouping from injuries when I stumbled into a hole, buckling both my ankles, breaking bones and stretching muscles and tendons beyond their limits……..not a fun thing to have happen to you especially when you are in the middle of a desert, at night, battling for foot space with 10,000 other people…..

 

In a blink of an eye, my mode of human transportation was taken from  me….In a blink of an eye, my life turn topsy turvy…….

Because of this “in a blink of an eye” moment, this year I’m extremely grateful for having this past year fly by.  It’s a year that I do not wish to repeat….ever….I can set my eyes on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, to the smells of the ol’ Tom turkey cooking in the oven…..

I have a lot to be thankful for this year and every day……my family…the roof over our heads that keep us warm in the winter, and cool in the summer….health, happiness…..the whole nine yards….but I think what I am most grateful for and one that I take for granted…….are my 5 senses………

If I couldn’t see I would be okay with that….memories will help me “see” what I once saw…..

If I couldn’t hear I would be okay with that….I will remember the sound of birds singing, the wind blowing through trees, my children laughing and crying, conversations with my hubby……….I will remember what their voices sounded like……..

If I couldn’t touch I would be okay…..I will remember the softness of a kittens fur, the silkiness of a babies skin, the texture of sand running through my fingers and on my feet as I walk………

If I couldn’t taste I would be okay…….I will remember the taste of my favorite foods as it hits my tongue…the coolness of ice cream, cold milk, hot tea…….turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes….pumpkin pie with whipping cream!

If I couldn’t smell I won’t be okay……I will have a hard time remembering what something smelled like….I will remember if it smelled good or it smelled bad, but not what it smelled like.  I will forget what wonderful aromas came out of the kitchen when I was growing up. The baking of bread, soups simmering on the stove……the smell of bacon frying up in a pan…..I will forget how babies smell.  The smell of baby powder, clean and fresh…….Charlie the dog when she has had her “spa” day, smelling like vanilla……

In a blink of an eye…..all or some of my senses could be gone…….life itself could be gone….in just a blink of an eye.  It’s in those blinks that you cannot get back………….those are the little things to hold on to forever in your heart, your mind, and your soul…………..

Happy Thanksgiving……..make everyday a thanksgiving day………….

 

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