Post Holiday Reflections

The turkey is nothing but bones. Only crumbs remain from the pies. The suitcases, the air beds, and the general clutter are gone. The floors are once again open spaces where the hostess can walk unimpeded. Gone also are the giggles and screeches of grand kids, and the constant hum of a dozen different conversations. Everyone is back home, back to work and school, back to life.

However for one brief weekend we re-lived what once was, a time when family was around for every occasion, happy or sad. When only days passed between visits instead of years.

I will hold the memories of this special holiday in my heart, pulling them out during future holidays when we cannot be physically together.  

This Thanksgiving held something even more miraculous than being all together, the celebration of my parents 60th Wedding Anniversary. They were married on Thanksgiving Day, 1951.


  1. Cecilla, What a beautiful and sweet post....I too can identify with the clutter, the clean after they leave, and the wonderful memories that are made while together....

    Your mother can still get in her wonderful is that picture of the two of them together....Priceless. the look between them says much about the love they share.....And the rose just finishes it off....You can tell I love that picture....

    Have a great day....

  2. Cecelia, you have such a lovely, lovely blog. Your heart is pure and true to your Divine Creator. It is a privilege to have met you. Have a wonderful day.

  3. Times spent with our loved ones can leave us with beautiful memories to cherish. Thanks for sharing your thoughts of this special family time.

  4. Can feel the lingering memory. How beautiful your parents have celebrated such a committed relationship.

  5. Thank you, Nancy. I am so proud of my parents, I couldn't keep the story to myself.

  6. Thank you, John, for your sweet comment. I am pleased to be included in your circle of internet friends. Blessings to you and your lovely wife, Judith. You too are also an example of what married love should look like.

  7. Yes, I agree, Tommie. These are priceless moments nothing else can compare with. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

  8. Thank you also, Marcia. Yes, they have been very devoted to each other for their entire marriage. This anniversary was special not only because of the years, but also because on their 50th anniversary my mother was in the hospital battling for her life after a brain aneurysm. She fully recovered and we've been lucky to have her for another ten years.

  9. I came and commented twice last night and it ate I am trying again.

    First congratulations to your parents..what a heritage and what a blessing to all.

    I am understanding the holidays of not having everyone at once for the first time in my parenting is different and yes, then you cherish the years you have. I haven't been with extended family for decades.

    Thanks for this precious post and a reminder to us all to live in the moment.

  10. What a wonderful testimony of marriage. Thank you so much for sharing that. I can only imagine the lessons that they could teach us all. I am so glad that you were able to celebrate and create memories over Thanksgiving. This was a lovely post.

  11. nice post! thanks for sharing... God bless you...loves soraya

  12. Janette, thank you for your perseverance! I am not sure why it glitches like that, I've had the same problem on other sites, Blogger as well as Wordpress.

    It is hard when families are separated by large distances. It makes it hard to reunite on a regular basis. However, we still carry each other in our hearts, and thankfully with new technology such as e-mail, FB and Skype, we don't have to wait weeks for a letter to pass between us. Still, the rare occasions we are together are priceless moments to cherish always.

  13. Thank you for visiting and commenting, Tonya. Yes, my parents have always been a role model for loving commitment.From the time we were little, we knew Mother and Father were deeply devoted to each other. It was evidenced in every aspect of their relationship. They are not perfect, they have their differences, but that is all they are differences, overcome by the love they have for each other.

  14. Thank you for visiting and commenting as well, Soraya. And, God bless you also!


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