What is it with my mood this morning? Perhaps I have taken the whole Black Friday thing too literally. YES I know what Black Friday means but the term seems appropriate today so I am going to use it.
Maybe it’s the yin and yang of Thanksgiving. Yesterday was spent being super grateful for all of my blessings so then must today be spent in the opposite manner? How silly of me not to be able to hang on longer to that overwhelming feeling of gratitude.
I sat around the Thanksgiving table yesterday with my mom and dad, my brother, husband and kids, just loving being home and surrounded by people who love me. We wished a joyful day to people that we know and people that we don’t.
We thought of our soldiers overseas and hoped they were not too homesick and that they would come home soon.
I personally always think of all of the children in orphanages with no family to call their own. I think about the children who age out of the system, shoved into the world alone, hoping upon hope that they can some day feel that sense of family we take for granted. Everyone deserves a loving family.
These are the important things in life aren’t they? The love of a family, basic needs being met such as food, clothing, a roof over your head, that’s what’s important.
So on this Black Friday I feel shallow for giving any energy what so ever to this:
Today I am sitting here wondering if my other family gave me even a moment’s thought. Did they pray for me? Did they wonder if I was happy? I put myself in their shoes and tried to picture how yesterday would have gone if there was someone missing from our table. If every single person at that table knew a daughter/sibling was missing – could we have sat there and had our dinner pretending nobody was missing? NO WAY.
OK so here’s something to be thankful for today………the fact that I was raised in a family that would NEVER be like that.
I feel shallow for thinking about this. I guess shallowness may be genetic because I certainly don’t get that from my adoptive family. We would never do such a thing!
Or would we? I silently prayed my mother, my father and all of my siblings were having a wonderful day. I could have said that out loud……………..
but I didn’t.
I wonder how many people touched by adoption gave thanks for family not present.
How many did that out loud? How many did so silently? I wonder how many didn’t think to do it at all.