We were in Riverhead last week doing some errands and as usual Route 58 was miserably crowded by mid-day. It doesn't seem that long ago that all our business in Riverhead was done along Main Street and I don't remember it ever feeling terribly crowded in "the good old days". Mostly I remember being fascinated with the parking meters and "tall" buildings, and loving the stained glass windows at the Star Luncheonette. But there were no crowds. Times have changed.
This week will be a busy one all around. With Thanksgiving to plan for and Christmas right on its heels there are things to do in every area of life: church, business, family, community. But busy times can also be good times.
In this week of thanks I want to take the time to be grateful for what's important: my faith, my family, my home, my community. These are the things that hold us together, body and soul. These are the things that, in such uncertain and difficult times, keep us sane.
As much as we may be able to look around and see change everywhere - from the busy streets of Riverhead to our own homes and the special people we will be missing during the holidays this year - we have so much to be thankful for. May we never take our blessings for granted.