Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Image and text by Gabrielle.

It’s late on Wednesday night as I type this. I confess, I fully intended to write a post first thing this morning, but ended up spending my writing time discussing (and arguing about) the grand jury decision that was announced in Ferguson on Monday. Like many Americans, my emotions are running hot this week and I’m sometimes finding it difficult to respond in a way that will foster a helpful discussion. So I keep rereading the call for compassion written by The Bloggess, and I keep doing my best to take her sound advice.

In the midst of my discouragement at the state of racism in our county, I’ve also been prepping for Thanksgiving, which I’m very much looking forward to. I’ve been doing things like setting the table, gathering leaves and greens from the yard to add to the centerpiece, cleaning the house, and running errands. It’s another one of the those odd times where I fly between happy and sad from one minute to the next.

I know there are millions of people going through a similar range of emotions this week. And I send my love to each and every one. I have an endless list of things to be grateful for, but today, I’m feeling particularly grateful that I have the opportunity to freely discuss what is happening in the world, even when what is happening in the world is hard. I am hugely grateful to the community here on Design Mom for adding your voices to the discussions that happen here, and for being respectful of the varied opinions shared. I can not thank you enough.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I hope the pie you get to enjoy this year is the best yet!

P.S. — For my lovely readers who are not American, I know you won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, but please know I am thankful for you as well. : )