In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the second weekend of October. Being vegetarian/vegan, our family enjoys meals together, eating a healthy, vegetarian dinner. Harvest is plentiful and we have so much to be thankful for. Though meals are simple; they are nutritious and delicious, best of all, we don’t cause any harm to living creatures.
We once had a pet turkey, his name was Titan – a very comical and curious fellow. He lived a happy life with his chicken friends. None of our animals were eaten, they all enjoyed the freedom and safety of our garden, foraging and taking dust baths in the sun.
As the leaves are changing from shades of green to dazzling gold and flaming scarlet – a feast for the eyes – we enjoy meandering through the woods behind our house. The fresh, forest air of autumn is invigorating, and the sound of leaves crunching under our feet brings back memories of autumns gone by. With each passing year; I am closer to the autumn of my life, more appreciative of life, more aware of how fragile life is, how soon it will be gone like the falling leaves.
Having lived for two years by a beautiful river with a spectacular view through all the seasons, it was sad to leave. I have shed many tears because it was so amazing to wake up in the morning and gaze out my bay window at this panoramic view of beauty and wildlife. Deer appearing at sunrise to wade in the water and drink, swans stopping by on their way to somewhere, bald eagles soaring over the river, beavers swimming, herons, ducks and geese sharing their habitat. All this I enjoyed while sitting on the edge of my bed or having my morning coffee on the balcony.
I may never have such a beautiful view from my windows again, but I still have much to be grateful for; health, family, friends and all the many blessings that God gives us.