Thursday, November 22, 2012

More Than Happy Thanksgiving

Today is the day designated to give thanks for all people and those things in our lives we are grateful for in our lives. I wrote about my list of gratitude and thanks last year, On Thanksgiving. Nothing has changed from last year however there is something different this year.

This year there is a deeper feeling of thanks and gratitude that words are not adequate to describe. It's not a joyous feeling or happy dance type thing. It is simply a deep feeling of peace inside. A deep calm that allows me to reflect on the gifts given to me after so many years of turmoil.

This week I received several letters from mothers, fathers, siblings and even one from a daughter about her mother concerning loved ones struggling with addiction. Each one of these letters I answered. I spoke on the phone to a mother that lost her son this year and this is her first Thanksgiving without her son. I cannot even pretend to know how she feels. I referred her to another friend that has experienced that and I know he can help her.

Today amidst all of the food and celebration and thanks take a minute to think about or pray for all those families still troubled with children and loved ones fighting the monster and especially for those parents whose child was lost to the monster.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Where there is life there is hope.


♥●• İzdihër •●♥ said...

This is life !
Have a wonderful thanks giving!

Bristolvol said...

Thank you, Ron! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

Becky V said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you!! I am very grateful you are part of my life. Very moving blog post.

Philly J said...

This is all new to me, I guess Ron is Dad with a addic as a son. As I have a son with the same problem. My son is in jail and this is tough with it being Thanksgiving. I miss my son and often wonder if he can beat this. It has been 7 years since he was 15 years old. I am hoping to find support on this blog.

Dad and Mom said...


Welcome, yes I am Ron and my son is an addict. He is 24 years old was in active addiction for 7 years since he was 15 years old. He found recovery 2.5 years ago and has maintained it. He is now a father to a 1 year baby boy, lives with his girlfriend and her two daughters.

I hope you can find what you need here. If you need to see what it was like before he found recovery go back prior to July 2010.

Remember Philly, where there is life there is hope. you will find a post with that title.

Jan Edward Williams said...

Hello all,
I am new to this blog. Three out of five of my children, so far, have drug and alcohol addiction. All three are now in recovery. One daughter has been struggling with recovery and relapse for many years entered a halfway house for women the day befire Thanksgiving, and so is safe for now. I am grateful for the recovery of my three children and for my own recovery of 35 years. God bless everyone strugglimng with the pain of addiction and joy of a spiritual recovery.

LDawn said...

I am new to this blog. My son has beene an addict for over 5 years. He is almost 20. I remember last Christmas. We had a wonderful day until the evening when he couldn't keep from using any longer. Thats when chaos begins. So sad to say that in the year since last Christmas, he tried rehab for the 3rd time and gave up. He became worse and very violent. I had to put a restraining order on him because I was afraid of how far he might go and I have a 12 yr old daughter to provide a safe home for. My heart breaks. I won't get to see him, but I don't give up hope. There is alot of power in prayer. He stays with his grandparents and I pray for them too.