This article is dedicated to my grandmother Marie Jane Sanders, affectionally called Re-Re, she passed away a few years ago. Thanksgiving was one of the many holidays my grandmother would host and prepare the meal for thirty + people. The holiday was always an occasion with plenty of food, music, laughter and love. My entire family, the nucleus and extended would come together and have a wonderful time enjoying each other. I am thankful for the talent of my female ancestors who taught us all how to become excellent cooks because we all are great in the kitchen.
I’m thankful for so much this Thanksgiving, but I am most thankful for being born into a loving family with plenty of love to carry us all through. My grandmother, the matriarch, taught us all how to be strong and persevere. She represented strength, tenaciousness and beauty. No matter how difficult the challenges, we all were taught to believe in our strength in order to overcome life’s obstacles. Most importantly, I am thankful for those kind words my grandmother would say when I would call her distraught. She would say, “Now Sonia, baby, stop crying, you know everything is going to be okay. You are a very strong person and I have always said that about you. I believe in you, now stop crying, everything will be okay. I love you” Today, I cherish her spoken words and whenever I am worried or upset, I hear her voice inside my head saying, “I believe in you, everything will be okay. I love you” She was right, afterwards, everything was okay and I would always weather the storm. Today, I see that the challenges were there to strengthen my character and to allow my soul to illuminate more. I am so thankful Re-Re was in my life for 44 years. Re-Re, may you always rest in peace, I love you truly! Happy Thanksgiving!