The concept of time is somewhat hazy for my two and a half year old daughter. Any reference she makes to the past begins with the phrase, "Last night...." irrespective of whether the event occurred the previous day, week, or month. So it came as no surprise that a fair amount of confusion ensued when her playgroup held its Thanksgiving party on Tuesday rather than Thursday.
"Happy Thanksgiving!" she gleefully exclaimed to everyone she encountered on our way to the party - and all the way home - and everywhere we walked for the balance of the week... As we walked I tried to correct her gently, explaining that Thanksgiving Day wouldn't take place until Thursday, but she persisted. And nearly everyone we encountered accepted her greeting with a gracious smile. I began to wonder how it would be received if we all were more vocal about our gratitude more often. What would happen if we began to spontaneously wish others well and share our joy? What could be the harm in trying?
As we step away from the Thanksgiving holiday, can we carry forward some of the fullness of heart we celebrate this time of year? Can we turn a common day into an opportunity for giving thanks?