Today is Canadian Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Day brings back poignant memories of family get-togethers on autumn days that bestowed a gentle chill and vibrant colours. Kitchens became the hub of activity that produced tantalizing aromas hours before the actual dinner. It was impossible not to indulge in sampling.
Preparation – that was the best part of the day, the heart of the celebration. For when we prepared the food, we acknowledged the blessing of harvest time and the seasons that gave us the gift of life. We felt the kinship that comes when we work together to create compassionate communities that support, encourage and bring out the best in all of us. Most of all, we recognized that thankfulness was universal and belonged to all days.
For me, pumpkin pie was the quintessential symbol of Thanksgiving. The mixture of spices and the distinct warmth of golden-orange spoke of summer hours spent in vegetable gardens.
As we celebrate another wonderful day of gratitude, may we continue to create memories that reflect the joy of living and generosity of family and friends.
Happy Thanksgiving, from my kitchen to yours.