Thanksgiving Gratitude

Our Canadian Thanksgiving took place this past weekend. It’s one of my favorite celebrations and the perfect time, especially this year, to reflect on all that I’m grateful for.

Me and Ellie at 7 weeks.

The birth of my granddaughter Ellie is a true blessing. She’s just over ten weeks old now and I marvel at how she grows and changes every week. Maybe these photos will brighten your day a little.

Ellie at 2 months

Ellie’s birth is a clear reminder that life goes on and can even flourish, despite whatever else is happening in the world.

I’ve also been reflecting on the fact that all of my grandparents lived through two world wars, the 1918 flu pandemic, and a ten-year-long depression. Once again, I’m thankful for a relatively easy life compared to the things they endured.

I’m also grateful for my health and that since retirement I’ve had more time to balance extra sleep and exercise with writing time. I’m still working on a healthier diet, but hey, it’s a work in progress.

I’m grateful for our warm house, for food on our table, and that I can donate to share with others. I’m grateful for my wonderful family, friends, and a supportive writing community.

I’m grateful that I was born in, and live in Canada, and that my family moved from Ontario to British Columbia when I was seven years old. I’m lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. This year I learned just how competent and caring our public health leaders are.

For Thanksgiving dinner, the six adults in our family bubble still practiced social distancing and spread chairs out around the room rather than eating shoulder to shoulder at the table. It worked just fine and we’ll do this as long as it takes to keep everyone safe.

By the time American Thanksgiving rolls around, maybe more things will have changed. Maybe they won’t. Either way, I wish that you all have something to be grateful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving.

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at

18 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Gratitude”

  1. Ah, what a blessing your little granddaughter brings to the world. These are the bright lights who bring with them the ability to survive, thrive, and change our world. The Wheel forever turns bringing new life and new generations, but we are obliged as elders to nourish these seedlings, to laugh with them, and listen, and love. I can’t wait.

    On another note, I wish we’d walked more when we lived closer together. But I appreciate our friendship as writing sisters and grandmothers. Blessings, my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy and yes, I wish we had taken more walks as well. I also appreciate our friendship, and am so happy that you’ll be a grandmother in a few more months. Hope you’re getting lots of writing done in your new home!


  2. I couldn’t agree more with all the things you are thankful for, Debra! I don’t have children myself, but what a cutie Ellie is! I’m glad you brought up your grandparents and how life used to be so much worse in the past. I wish more people would remember this – especially millennials – and not feel and act so entitled! Let’s hope our Thanksgiving in the US will be memorable in a good way, too! 🙂

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