This weekend, October 11th, marks Thanksgiving in Canada - a longstanding holiday which we most people today tend to spend as a celebration of friends, family, food and all the things we are thankful for in our lives.
Through the years, though, Thanksgiving has meant many things. In fact, this Wikipedia post (and we all know you can trust anything you find on Wikipedia ;) ) records the first official day of giving thanks back in 1578, which was about a happy and safe homecoming.
Later days of giving thanks, according to the post, were in connection welcoming neighbours, meeting new friends, celebrating the end of wars, rejoicing in health, and with each year having an officially proclaimed theme about which to be thankful each year.
And so this weekend, we will cook turkeys, eat pie, enjoy family and friends, and celebrate all that we have to be thankful for.
I don't know about you, but I have a lot to be thankful for. Friends and family, laughter, health, my home and warm bed, freedom, opportunity... and so much more.
And so I plan to take many moments this weekend to celebrate, remember and be grateful for all of it.