posted on Nov, 6 2017 @ 08:51 AM
My favorite day finally arrived! Thursday 23rd of November 2017. Thanksgiving day by far the most precious holiday in my life. I mean sure I loved
Birthdays, Christmas and even Easter, but Thanksgiving was always the day with the entire family together. Some of us haven’t seen each other for
the whole year, but on this day there would be no excuse from anyone, we all had to be there at the same table even if only for a couple of hours. The
unwritten rule, which everyone loved.
As every year, again I was the last one to arrive and as always I stopped by in our garden before I went inside. As always I walked to the front of
the giant windows to look into the dining room for a second. With a big smile on my face I saw every member of my family already seated around the
massive dining table, all ten of them. My wife of nearly forty years and my daughter with her husband and my two grand kids. My younger son and his
girlfriend, and my older son with his wife and my oldest grandchild. All seats were taken apart from one, the head of the table where my plate was
waiting for me. I saw all the food on the table every single dish I loved, and on the middle the giant stuffed turkey, ready to be sliced and served.
The house looked warm and welcoming and I could swear I smelled the food in the air even from outside.
My new job, my new life, took me away from my wife and I knew she didn’t take it lightly either. I saw her crying many times in the past year, and
as much I wanted to help her, to explain to her what my new job was, I just couldn’t do it. No difference this time, I saw her quietly staring at my
seat while the rest of the family talked and laughed. I saw her taking a deep breath and with a shy smile on her face she picked up the conversation,
quickly wept the tears of off her eyes.
Usually I would enter the house at this very moment with a loud ‘Happy Thanksgiving’, kissing everybody hugging my kids and grand kids, and taking
my seat, ready to say a prayer and cut the bird. Today was different.
I knew my duty will call me away at any moment. While my previous job had all the usual hours, it was a very stressful position. It was in fact so
hectic that my heart couldn’t cope with it and I passed away last year, suddenly, of a heart attack. Nowadays I work as one the so called Guardian
Angels and as one I only have seconds to check on my loved ones. Even on Thanksgiving.
I looked into the room one more time savoring the picture, putting my hand on the glass. Then I turned around and as quickly as I arrived, I
disappeared with the same easiness into the day, knowing I will visit them again, as often as I can.
Remember, our lost ones are around that table with us, even if we can’t see them.