When we say what we are thankful for, do we really know the meaning of the word? The definition of thankful reads: feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative; glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists, etc.;
of, relating to, or expressing thanks. So being thankful can mean anything big or small- something that is important to you.
With Thanksgiving approaching, the holiday is a time when we hear people talking about what they are thankful for. Sometimes we hear odd things, and sometimes we hear the popular things, “kids, family, life, etc.” Finding things that you are thankful for can be either easy or difficult, and sometimes can stir up a lot of emotion. Thankfulness can bring back pleasant memories or tough ones you thought you had buried- never to be seen again. Nothing is too simple to be thankful for: the young boy who hasn’t eaten in days is so thankful for the turkey dinner he will have. The family that just lost their mother is thankful that they are all together and can lean on each other. The toddler is thankful for her special blanket, just because it makes her feel cozy.
Of course talking about being thankful, I thought I would share my top five things I am thankful for this year. Things are put in a different perspective when you work at a funeral home.
1. I am thankful for my two healthy, happy kids. This year my close girlfriend lost her baby boy and helping her though this has opened my eyes to my kids even more.
2. I am thankful for my husband who takes a lot of grief from me. Enough said there!
3. I am thankful for my family, extended family, and friends. I realized that family is important- big or small. I see many families throughout the year hold each other, and not have to say a word to comfort each other.
4. I am thankful that my Grandma is at peace and not in any more pain. She died May 13, 2013. I want to be selfish and have her back, but it was her time.
5. I am thankful for my job. I am in a great place where I can help people in their time of need, even just for a split second make them smile with a video or a bowl full of chocolate that their loved one enjoyed.
Always tell people that you are thankful for them, you appreciate them, and that you care for them. Life is not guaranteed.
The question remains like years before and years to follow,
“What are you thankful for?”
Melissa has been with Schoedinger as an administrative assistant since August of 2012. She loves to attend all the local festivals with her family and always finds ways to stay busy.