On Thursday morning I woke up early (but not too early, mind you) and tip-toed downstairs to don my apron and dive into my Thanksgiving preparations. I had finished the pecan pie late, late, late the night before and as I looked at it sitting on the counter I couldn’t help but thrill at its golden, nutty top and beautifully pinched, deliciously buttery crust. It was perfect.
I removed the remaining pie crust from the fridge and began to work it into a circle on the cold granite counter. Gingerly, I lifted it into a pie plate and set to work whisking the cream and sugar for the filling. As I stood over the stove watching it thicken, I found myself so completely content, quietly stirring.
Genius had compiled the most delightful playlist on my iTunes and it was streaming through the kitchen like the steam rising from the simmering pot in front of me. Gray clouds filtered the sunlight with coziness. And crispy, brown leaves tossed end over end through the backyard. Where did this morning come from? I thought. And how did I get so lucky to be in it?
I set the sugar cream pie to chill in all its sugary, creamy, cinnamony goodness and turned to the green beans. They were gorgeous. So crisp. So green. And I relished every minute fingering and sorting and slicing them. I made a point to try and be especially deliberate. I was so happy. So thankful. To be right where I was, doing what I was doing. And I wanted to experience the entirety of each moment, with every sense I possess. And in doing so, I found myself most thankful.
Thankfull–yes full–for sweet and simple moments of everyday bliss.
For color and taste and touch. In them is where I find the richness of life.
For opportunities. And the chance to pursue.
For this life I’m living. Despite all its uncertainty and overwhelmingness. There is still joy and peace and promise and laughter.
For the people around me. And the way they make me think, and laugh, and accomplish.
And for change. Yes. Change. As much as I resist it, I’d be stuck without it.
And friends, I hope you had a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving too.