Canadian Thanksgiving was yesterday. Unlike American Thanksgiving, we have a nice breather before Christmas and I am happy that we don't have back to back Holidays like my Southern friends. We've still got warm sunny days and cool nights, and the leaves turning yellow, orange and red provide us with a perfect backdrop for Thanksgiving.
I was fortunate to be able to climb into bed at night with my kids under one roof and of course, my daughter in law with her growing tummy. We spent quite a while chatting about baby names and what the baby would call the grandparents. We were blessed with another house guest; my Daughter in Law's grandmother arrived with the Montreal contingent on Thursday night and it was wonderful to have her grace our Thanksgiving.
We seemed to brew endless cups of Nespresso and made our way through apple pies and spicy pumpkin bread, 2 turkey dinners and a recycling bins worth of wine and beer, and ice cold non-alcoholic beer for our mother-to-be. My mother and sister joined us for dinner and we have much to be thankful for this year. Since I'm not a fan of New Years, I think of Thanksgiving as my place marker, a time to reflect and to think. Last Thanksgiving we were celebrating at my son's wedding reception and the 365 days since have brought both joy and sadness to both sides of the family.
We were able to give thanks this past weekend for a Stem Cell Donor that is preparing to donate to a person most beloved to us. I really want to PLEAD with you to get on the list and register as a bone marrow or stem cell donor. HERE is a link for US readers. You can find the registry for your Country on Google. I have signed up. It involves a brief questionaire after which you are sent an envelope containing 3 cotton swabs. You swab the inside of you mouth and return the envelope in the post. The cells are analysed and your info stored confidentially until when or if you are needed. My cousin's life was saved by a bone marrow transplant when she was only 5 years old. She is now 28. PLEASE, PLEASE, register yourself and have the opportunity to save a life.