It’s easy to be angry this holiday season. Given the year I’ve had, I would say that I have every right to be angry. To be honest, I am angry. It’s not fair how quickly my mom was taken from us. What’s not easy is being thankful. That’s the path I’m choosing this holiday season.

I’m thankful for all the time that I had with my mom. She moved down to Virginia 7 years ago, because she wanted to be closer to us. I am so thankful that she made that decision. I’m very happy that I had that time with her. It may have been short, but it’s better than not having time with her.

I’m also thankful for all the lessons she taught me. Both ones that I learned growing up and as an adult. I am the woman that I am largely because of her. 

I’m thankful for all the memories that I have with her. I’m thankful for all the vacations together. I’m thankful for all the holidays spent together. I will hold on to those memories for as long as I can.

I’m thankful that Liam got to know his nana. They both loved being with each other and I’m thankful that I got to see that. I’m thankful for all the times that she babysat for us so that we could have a date night. I’m thankful that Liam will have his own memories of her.

There’s a lot to be angry about, but there’s also a lot to be thankful for. It’s time to stop being so angry all the time and take a look around. There is so much in this world to be thankful for. And if we just stop to think about that for a bit, we’d all be a little happier at the end of the day.

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