Back to School sales begin in July, then the Halloween sales racks fill the stores.  Before the shelves are bare, Christmas appears and Thanksgiving disappears. True, we should be thankful every day, yet I miss the traditional Thanksgiving of childhood; he smell of the cinnamon and spice in the pies, oven-cooked dressing saturated with sage and more people than Mama's home could hold.

Thanksgiving 2011 has passed and my days are filled with raking colorful fall leaves.  I am thankful to live to see another winter, as I wait for a clear day to decorate for Christmas.