Giving Thanks

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, and for what am I thankful? Although I lost my husband Bill almost a month ago, I still have plenty for which to give thanks. For one thing, I still have a roof over my head. I didn’t lose my home to Huricane Sandy, not that I would have since I don’t live in any of the affected areas, but according to a news report I heard yesterday, there are still some parts of New Jersey that are without power, running water, and other amenities. I’m thankful to have everything I need here.

Bill could have suffered from cancer, dementia, or some other disorder. He could have left me for another woman, but he stayed with me for seven years, ever faithful, through good times and bad, and he remained, for the most part, healthy. For this I am truly thankful.

I’m also thankful for family with whom I’ll be spending the holiday. My cousin from California, who got married last year on our wedding anniversary, will be here with her husband, and we’ll gather for dinner tomorrow at my uncle and aunt’s home here in Sheridan, Wyoming. I hope those of you reading this have a fun-filled and memorable holiday with your families.

Now, please click on the link below to hear me sing an old standard that is usually sung at this time of year. If you must go over the river and through the woods, I wish you a safe journey. Happy Thanksgiving!

Over The River and Through the Woods

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author of We Shall Overcome and How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir with another novel on the way. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

2 thoughts on “Giving Thanks”

  1. Bravo. Wonderful rendition. You should be on The Voice! thanks for a wonderful post. We lal have things tobe thankful for, I hope we all take the time to realize what they are.


    Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

    Vivian Green



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