No matter where we are in our cancer walk, chances are good we can still speak. We may not feel like expressing flowery words of gratitude, but we can certainly do it like a two-year-old did over the smallest things (to us, at least).

This morning, reading a Guideposts blog,  I was reminded of  this time about 18 years ago. The blog tells the story of a grandmother was sipping coffee early one morning, watching her daughter give her 2-yeear-old child an early breakfast.

With each item the mother placed on her high-chair tray, the little girl exclaimed with pure joy: “Bowl!” “Sereell!” “Poon!” “Mellk!’  I can just see her little legs and arms kicking and waving with pure glee, can’t you?

Sometimes the power of this Thanksgiving season is in being grateful for the small things we take for granted. I remember a friend visiting me at home after surgery. I could barely stand at first, having just had a mastectomy and tram-flap reconstruction using a stomach muscle in one fell swoop. She was driving me to my first post-op check-up. It was my first trip out of the house.

Cold and lightly snowing, Nixie suggested I hold onto her arm coming down the steps at our front door and walk slowly and carefully.

“Outdoors! Walking!” I exclaimed. I truly marveled at the blessing that was the beginning of claiming my “normal” life back.

A New Twist on a Holiday Tradition

When is the last time you’ve expressed joy over a spoon? Or your favorite cereal? Or just getting out of bed on your own?

It’s been a while for me, dear sisters. But around the Thanksgiving table this year, I am going to ask our small family to express their gratitude for something this year in one word. The guys will moan and groan, but I’ll ask again.  I think one-word answers will be more impactful!

God’s blessings to you, my friends.

Suzanne Bonner, Author

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“But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.” Psalm 52:8 (NLT)