By Carol Britton Meyer
Thanksgiving continues to be a once-a-year opportunity to express gratitude for all that we have and to share a delicious dinner -- for some, turkey with all the fixings and for others, like my niece, a variety of vegan dishes -- and good times with family and friends, even if in a smaller group than usual.
This year's celebrations will be different because of COVID-19, but nothing can stop the usual expressions of love, generosity, and goodwill -- sending a card to a friend who doesn't get out a whole lot, telling him or her how much they mean to us; donating a variety of items to the local food pantry; and spreading a little cheer wherever we go, regardless of the circumstances.
The fact that these are strange times indeed somehow makes me more grateful than usual for things we otherwise might take for granted -- driving to the grocery store or to do errands on a sunny day, grateful to have a car and for the well-stocked shops; raking colorful leaves and taking a moment to breathe in the fresh air; enjoying the holiday flower arrangements that are available in a wide variety of styles and Fall hues; bringing a home-baked pecan or pumpkin pie to a neighbor; and taking the time to appreciate all the beauty that surrounds us.
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate the holiday, Happy Thanksgiving!