I miss you, Mom. I miss you, Dad. I miss you Grandma and Grandpa. So very much. You were people whose footsteps are both so hard and so very simple to follow. With whatever years I have to be the lady of this house, I only hope that I can impart some of what each of you gave to me, to those who must be the keeper of the recipe box for warm food, warm hearts and warm remembrances in the future.
I am thankful for the time we all had. I am thankful for family. I am thankful for the blessings of having had these family members in our lives. Your seat in this home is forever secure and your place at this table and in our hearts guides us still. And, no matter how hard I try, I will never get the hang of making your perfect pecan pie, Grandma. What you added could never fit on a recipe card.
This Thanksgiving, I will set a table for the first time without my dear Grandpa. We will carry on as best we can and remember all of them in our prayers before we sit down together. Their memories are with us still. May God bless you and yours this Thanksgiving. I find that all we can do sometimes, especially when loss is so recent, is simply be thankful for those who fill the chairs around our table - so many are gone too soon.
May memories begin to help fill the empty chair and spaces the loss of loved ones leaves behind. Peace be with you.
Melissa Conrad, 812-663-3111 ext. 7010 firstname.lastname@example.org