Saturday, November 10, 2012

Being Thankful

Charlie Harris from Miranda James' bestselling Cat in the Stacks series talks about the holidays

Available 1/29/13
This time of year is both the best of times and the worst of times for me. The best -- especially this year -- because both my daughter Laura and my son Sean will be here in Athena to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with me. Along with other dear friends -- Helen Louise Brady, Justin Wardlaw, and Stewart Delacorte. And of course, Diesel, my wonderful feline companion.

But why the worst of times? Because Thanksgiving and Christmas are family holidays, and I always remember the family members who are no longer with us -- my late wife Jackie, my beloved Aunt Dottie, and my parents. Though I often feel I can sense Aunt Dottie's presence in the house -- the house she left to me -- and sometimes Jackie's as well, an invisible presence isn't the same as a living, breathing person.

I have many wonderful memories of my deceased loved ones, and I feel blessed for them all. But am I being greedy when I tell you that those memories sometimes aren't enough? That I wish to have just one more day with each of them, to express all the things I never got around to saying to them when they were still with us?

The joy is always tinged with sorrow, but I suppose the happiness is all the keener for my having felt the sadness. For the joy I am truly thankful.


  1. I don't think you're being greedy with your wishes.

  2. I think that's a sentiment we can all relate to, Charlie. How wonderful so many loved ones will be with you!

  3. Do you ever get over losing loved ones? I guess we can only be thankful for the folks we have with us, especially those who remember with fondness the ones who are gone.