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The business of giving thanks

Posted in Life & Love

random shoes RomeFacing east, I stretch my spine upwards – the sun barely risen. The air is crisp, with a hint of Californian warmth. I notice the elephant tree is in full bloom, large and glossy pink blossoms hanging heavy from its branches. Beyond it, the mandarin tree is getting ready for its December bounty.

I run through a series of sun salutations, with Portia trying to claim some space on my yoga mat. We have the same fight every morning: while Ottie respects my space and occupies himself with watching the horizon, Portia is hellbent on impeding my down dogs and my stretches. She knows it’s too early in the morning for me to get mad so she perseveres. In fairness, she could use the exercise.

As I look at the dawn turning into a placid morning, I take a mental inventory of everything I should be thankful for and I acknowledge the list is long. So long, in fact, I feel ashamed at my good fortune. No – it’s just that I have become more adept at skimming over what is not good, what is not working while emphasizing what glitters. Like all the words I have ever read or written. Or the good love of the good people from the four corners of the world who make my life richer.

I hope your list is also long. And, whether you will be stuffing yourself with bland and overcooked turkey or not, Happy Thanksgiving.

Image: on the way to the Vatican, Rome November 2016

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  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Claudia. My list is also long, and I am getting better at feeling happy instead of guilty about it. I hope your plate was filled with good morsels and in the presence of people (whether human or not) you love.

    November 25, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Thank you Leonor. It was the usual brick in the stomach by the end of the meal but the dogs were mighty happy to get some leftover turkey.

      November 26, 2016
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  2. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Are you still in Italy or back home? Hope you had a good holiday and that your father is doing better. Big hugs.

    November 25, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Thank you Nadia. With mixed feelings, I am back in Trumplandia.

      November 26, 2016
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  3. winstonmoreton
    winstonmoreton

    Oho so you do go to church. I’ve lit a few candles in that one – before the electric ones were installed of course.

    November 25, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      I most certainly do not, at least not for religious purposes. I was on my way to the Vatican Museums which, I am embarrassed to confess, I had never seen before. But I do have a “thing” for lighting candles when I pass through a church, any church. A little personla ritual.

      November 26, 2016
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      • winstonmoreton
        winstonmoreton

        My wife and I religiously perform the same ritual for her deceased mum and dad but we shun the impersonal money-grubber versions

        November 26, 2016
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