I am thankful for the new apartment that God blessed me with back in February of this year.   recently celebrated my first Thanksgiving in my new place. Dinner might have turned out better if I had stressed out a little more in advance about fixing the turkey, along with all the trimmings and a few desserts.   The turkey was a donation given to me by N Street Village and I am very grateful to have gotten it. But  I had never cooked a turkey before in my entire life until this Thanksgiving.  It was always another relative or friend who did the turkey thing.

Well there is a first time for everything.  And now I can definitely strike  off the “try to cook a turkey on my own”  from the bucket list. But  I am definitely going to stick with what I do know how to cook on Christmas Day. And I will be sure to start a bit earlier to prepare the meal than I did on Thanksgiving Day, especially  if I want to invite some friends and relatives to the house for a feast.

This year has been kind of hard for me,  because my Dad who was 88 years old passed away on Oct 18. Then, I lost my aunt. She passed away two weeks after my Dad’s passing.

I miss my Dad. I wish I could have phoned him  to wish him a Happy Thanksgiving.

Yet  I am thankful that he is no longer in pain and now is in Heaven.

I am also thankful that I have some loyal and new customers who  read my articles and buy the Street Sense newspaper from me.  I am thankful that I have quite a few friends that are Street Sense vendors and we talk about all sorts of subjects. Sometimes our conversations  can become heated but at least we are respectful to each other.  I have to admit we don’t hold a grudge with each other; we pretty much let bygones be bygones. Life is too short.

I am thankful that I have good health and my spirits are brightening a bit more. I know life isn’t going to be always a smooth sailing.  But, at least I can say today I am thankful for everyone who has been part of my life on this journey of mine and I know there is going to be more to come before the end of this year.