Canadian Thanksgiving – Giving Thanks

Canadian Thanksgiving occurs each year on the 2nd Monday of October and celebrates the harvest and blessings of the year. It is a time when many take stock of their situation, as they are surrounded by family and friends, at a table loaded with so much bounty.

Not long back from a week in the Rocky Mountain Jasper National Park, we found it easy to feel Gratitude, when looking at scenes like that in my feature photo (those posts will be shared shortly), every day.

But, during Covid, weeks away are few and far between for us and for many who do not even get such a break. Dealing with the chaos of Covid and climate change, the angry maelstrom of political, racial, gender and opinion intolerance and simply trying to get by in daily life, many do not feel thankful, right now and I get that.

All too often we moan about our lot in life, the weather, the politicians, crazy neighbours or just stuff. This Thanksgiving, we will not be surrounded by our neighbours, friends or family, as we are still keeping our Covid bubble small. We will Skype with one son and daughter, and likely connect with the other son and daughter in a week or so, when they are back home on the West Coast. Our best friend neighbours are no longer across the fence and the beautiful fall weather we have enjoyed for the past three weeks has taken a sharp right turn towards winter. But, all that aside, I am truly grateful for all that I do have.

Gratitude is the Attitude

A wonderful life, with a beautiful wife,

acceptable health and sufficient wealth,

enough to eat and friends to distance meet,

two daughters, two sons and abundant fun,

a comfortable home with room to roam,

roads for electric bikes and paths to hike,

for back deck bubble visits, sans trouble,

for bloggers I read and those who read me,

for an attitude of much gratitude,

I am truly thankful for all these things.

I seldom assign homework to my readers, but in this case, please take time to think of what or who you are grateful for. If you feel like sharing, please do. If not, say your gratitudes to yourself. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone.

41 thoughts on “Canadian Thanksgiving – Giving Thanks

  1. Among other gratitude, I am grateful to bloggers who take the time to publish entertaining and/or informative posts, as well as to take the time to interact with fellow bloggers. This may be virtual, but it’s real at the end of the day.
    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving Allan (and Pat). We should all be greatful for what we have and spend less time complaining about things we have no control over. Appreciate the beauty around us and take time to stop and smell the roses. And be thankful to have wonderful friends like you in our lives. Hugs

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    1. You got it, Ann. I hope one day soon, we can get together again to share and make memories. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Terry. Thanks for reading and playing along. Allan


    1. Thanks Lynette and to you, as well. We just walked to our little French Canadian bakery to grab some baguettes and it was a fight getting home against wind gusts up to 60 k/h. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Thanks Lyn. Hard to believe we were there at +25 C just 8 days ago and here today, it is +9 C with winds gusting to 60 k/h. All our leaves are now in Saskatchewan. Thanks for reading and for your wishes. Allan

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  3. Beautiful poem and beautiful scenery, can’t wait to see more photos from your trip, Allan. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Covid is affecting countries and people right accross the world, Ireland including. We just had the highest number of new cases in a single day since the hight of the pandemic in April and everyone is waiting to see if more restrictions are to follow.

    Yes, it’s depressing and scary, but we all need to get real and play our part to protect patients and health care workers. Millennials spend more time behind computer and phone screens and are phisycally weaker than their parents. Our culture often values toughness over true strength and if we are not able to deal with the coronavirus now when all we have to do is stay home, then it’s scary to think what might happen when something more catastrophic happens in the future.

    That’s why being grateful is so important – it helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences and build strong relationships. As the old saying goes: “Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.” Thanks for sharing and take care 😊 Aiva

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    1. Very thoughtful response Aiva. We will get through this, if we all pull together. Our area has over half the cases in the whole province, because people started relaxing too soon. No relaxation will win the battle. We need all working as a team. For our part, we simply stay out of the way. Nobody moves aside for us, so we take the initiative. If that helps with distancing and slowing the spread, then we are good with that. Every day, we give thanks for life’s small gifts and our health. Stay well. Allan

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    1. Thanksgiving is a chance for us all to appreciate what we have instead of what we have not. Covid has been a real eye opened for us. Hope we can get back to visits and hugs soon. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, as well and many thanks for reading. Allan

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving Allan. This year is even more important then ever to be grateful for something as basic and essential as being in good health, this is really the most important after all.

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    1. Thanks Ann. It was an unusual Thanksgiving this year, but not without the thanks part. Good meal, good company, good Skype with son and daughter and deck time. Yay. Stay positive. Thanks for reading Anna and stay well. Allan

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