A year later my life had changed dramatically. Laurie and I had gotten married in August and that next Thanksgiving was our first as husband and wife. We had agreed to spend that Thanksgiving with Laurie’s parents. Their plan was to go camping in the Anza Borrego desert. They wanted us to come out there and have our Thanksgiving meal with them at the campground. Unfortunately, once again, the day before the holiday I came down with the flu! As a newlywed husband I didn’t really feel free to cancel our trip out to the desert so we went ahead with our plan. I remember sitting on a bench at a campground picnic table aching and feeling feverish, wishing I could lie down in a bed somewhere and sleep. It was just awful. The next year as Thanksgiving approached I was fearful that I might get sick again, but to my great joy I managed to break the pattern of the previous two years.
The conclusion of these reminiscences is nothing startling or new. It simply is that I hope you have people in your life that fill your heart with joy and that you give thanks for them, that you let them know how much you love them and how grateful you are for them. Make sure you let them know how blessed you are to have them in your life. And I hope you have a happy…and healthy… Thanksgiving.