Washington Column for Nov. 27

Time to give thanks

Thanksgiving is often a busy time for people, but it’s also a time to stop and consider what we have to be thankful for.

Weeks before Thanksgiving, my heart warms with anticipation as I look forward to the grandchildren and other family who will squeeze around the table, chairs and sofas in my home — joking, laughing and eating together on Thanksgiving Day. After the turkey and dressing, the family scatters: Some begin a football game, others go shopping, and some play games with the children. All gather later in the day to grab dessert and coffee and embrace as they say their goodbyes.

Let’s all take a few minutes in the coming days to think about what’s important in life. What a precious gift it is to have a day set aside to offer thanks, to turn our thoughts away from work, financial concerns and national hot topics and toward the people and things that bring joy into our lives.

I really take great pride in preparing my turkey. The aroma that wafts through the house on Thanksgiving Day is heavenly. Memories come to my mind about my mother preparing her feast for all of us on Thanksgiving Day; this holiday has not been the same since. Life for me continues on without her, though not everything is as simple as it was before. When my turkey is browning in the oven, I will be thinking of her.

Mom, thank you so much for each memory you have given me. Each thought of you does give me cheer. You gave your love to everyone here on earth. Today, I would love to whisper in your ear, “I love and miss you, Mom. Happy Thanksgiving Day in heaven.”

As we all gather around the table this Thanksgiving, let’s remember to be grateful for little things that make each day worthwhile for us, because we never know what life has in store for us.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Birthday wishes to Lois McFarland, who celebrates her special day today (Thursday, Nov. 27). Betty Grigsby, her daughter, would like to wish her many more to come and says she loves you very much.

LaPre’s winter studio sale

Donna LaPre hosts her annual Christmas studio sale from 10 to 5 this Saturday (Nov. 29) and 1 to 4 on Sunday (Nov. 30) at her home at (130 Fodderstack Rd., Washington). Among the offerings: whimsical and finely made felted animals and fairy-world characters, as well as beautiful botanically dyed silk scarves and Crowfoot Farm’s handmade soaps. Remember, Christmas is just around the corner.

Food drive

R.H. Ballard Shop & Gallery is doing a donation drive for Rappahannock Food Pantry on Small Business Saturday this week (Nov. 29). If you bring in a nonperishable donation for the Pantry, you receive 10 percent off your entire order of gifts and holiday items. The shop will also have surprise discounts and other treats for their customers that day. “Lots to be thankful for, especially our loyal local customers and the Pantry,” says Joanie.

Christmas at town hall

The Town of Washington holds its annual Christmas potluck dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the town hall on Gay Street. The party is for town businesses, residents and friends: Come and bring your favorite dish or dessert. Call Laura Dodd at 540-675-3128 to let her know what you are are bringing.

Have a wonderful week.