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As Kelly said so well this Thanksgiving morning by email —
I woke up this morning with mixed emotions because this is the first "real" Thanksgiving without Mom. Yet I feel blessed that my dad is doing so well and that we have a small group of family, friends and neighbors who will be joining us today to celebrate the many things we do have to be thankful for this year. I imagine you may be feeling some of the same emotions I am. When we raise a glass today and toast my mom, I will be thinking of all of you and the stories you shared about your dear loved ones. My Thanksgiving wish for you is that you find joy and laughter in the remembering today, along with the inevitable moments of missing them so deeply.
It’s true that there is strength and hope in simple things like sharing a meal with friends and family. Just after the Paris attacks, a father and his very young son appeared in a French TV interview that made it on to YouTube quickly. The father reassures the son by pointing out the flowers and the candles people have brought. The boy is reassured, and I am too. I thought I’d share it for today and for all the days. It’s so lovely, and true.
Turns out I wasn’t the only one to notice this video. From another interview on French TV I learned the father, Angel Le, is a Vietnamese immigrant who arrived in France at age 3. His son Brandon is 6.