Thursday. Today Rob and I were able to go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade! It was amazing to be there in person. Here’s how it all came about: Macy’s donates a limited number of tickets every year to Hope Lodge, and then Hope uses a lottery system to distribute the tickets to some of their guests who sign up. Rob’s entry was picked – how exciting! We walked over with a small group from Hope Lodge and sat in the bleachers in front of Macy’s on 34th St. Even though it was quite cold, we enjoyed it immensely. Rob was able to take some phenomenal pictures! I’ve downloaded some of them for this post. Meanwhile, Jim came over to the common area of Hope Lodge and was waiting for us when we returned. He was visiting with a wonderful couple whose grown son is also here in NY for treatment. Meeting the various folks associated with Hope Lodge has been a highlight, as we are all dealing with difficult health issues and have a common bond as we seek to find comfort and comradeship in the midst of those circumstances. Thanks be to God, once again, for the support He provides in unexpected ways.
While I was saddened by the fact that our family could not all be together for the traditional Thanksgiving celebration, this year would not have felt the same with my mother and father no longer here. I miss Jack and Lee Anne, especially, but they were able to spend the day with Fanester and Joan, and they ate all the wonderful food that Fanester cooks — she is the BEST at cooking the greatest Thanksgiving meal, ever! While we were without the warmth of being surrounded by our loved ones, at the same time, I know that this is just one unusual Thanksgiving, which will make those in the future all the more special.
There was a delicious catered meal provided to Hope Lodge yesterday afternoon, so Jim, Rob, and I enjoyed some turkey and side dishes along with our new friends. Then, we three had a fantastic evening meal at Bar Americain — great food and great fun! Too much food…? Well, it’s only once a year, right?