With age I have understood the importance of feeling grateful. In these crazy and uncertain times I have got into the habit of taking a pause every now and then and simply concentrating on the many things that we can be feeling grateful for. It’s simple and very satisfying. I sit down with a piece of paper and a coffee and take the time to reflect and add things to my list. The simple fact of having said the words out loud, and committed them to paper makes it all more real.
I know that many of us have been through a difficult year. Covid has created a lot of stress and frustration, and in some cases loss of life. There have been big changes in the way we work, in our ambitions for our own lives and those of our children. The world has made a huge shift in the space of 18 months.
But the only way to make sense of it all is to keep moving forward, to focus on the good and to live kindly.
In my own family this year we lost my darling mother in England, and my wonderful father-in-law here in France. Meaning that my children lost their two remaining grandparents in the space of six months. We were devastated, but on both occasions we tried to transform our mourning into a grateful celebration of their individual lives, and all the happiness that they brought each of us over the years.
This bouquet could be read as a translation of my philosophical mood today. At a time when the garden is being put to bed for the winter, and nature has pretty much wound down. When the leaves have fallen, and many plants bear branches that look dry and uninteresting, I went looking for materials that could be used for a big celebration bouquet. Dried hydrangea heads, a pink flower whose name I don’t know, ivy bearing berries, sedum and some seed heads from the irises in my garden.
This is what I came up with. As well as having a bouquet for my home, I also got to make the dogs happy with a forage in the forest and I got the creative pleasure that I absolutely need to function properly.
So to round up the Thanksgiving theme, I wish all my American friends a wonderful celebration with their families, and I leave with my list of gratitude:
I am feeling grateful to my husband for his patience,
to my family, for their love and support
feeling grateful to my team here at MFCH for their dynamism and kindness
to our clients and readers for all your support over the past year
to the scientists who have worked so hard to find a vaccin
and finally to the many people who welcomed me during my USA trip, for their generosity and enthusiasm.
I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day if you are in the US and for the rest of us, let me know what you are feeling grateful for today.