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Thanksgiving night

on November 24, 2011

In the midst of a tragedy, we managed to have a very nice Thanksgiving. In fact, we had two. Michael and Michelle brought dinner to the hospital and with Sandra sitting in a wheelchair with the children by her side, we enjoyed dinner with them, brother Tom, Aunt Margot, Glen’s parents and cousins Derrick and Dwayne, Cindy’s brother Randy (and Dena’s dad) who just flew in from Michigan, my brother Gary and his wife Nita. It was so nice to have so many family members there at the hospital with Sandra. And seeing the Lions lose once again made it seem almost like a regular Thanksgiving.

Then we went to have dinner at my brother Jim’s house with his family, brother Tom, Aunt Margot, the kids and my mom and dad. Although we made an effort to pace ourselves carefully the first time around, we still wound up eating an awful lot of turkey and all the trimmings.

Both times we did, in fact, give thanks for all those family members present and those around the country with a new-found sincerity. And both times we acknowledged how much we missed Glen and prayed for assistance in conducting our lives without him. And both times it seemed to bring a grieving family closer together.

I sincerely hope that your time with your family was just as rewarding.


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