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With a Capital EM: Perspective Makes Being Thankful Easy


My siblings (Adam, Elaine & Tricia) and me in Mackinaw this fall.

My grandma, the wisest woman I know, has always said that I have the ability to make lemonade out of lemons. I mean, what else are lemons good for? Actually, sometimes I like to squeeze them on baked whitefish (I mean YUM!) Or you know what else is great? A bowl of bright yellow lemons as a center piece on the dining room table. Okay … obviously there are a lot of things one can do with lemons. My point is that, although I can be the most dramatic person ever, most of the time I do have a way of making the best out of a bad situation. While this is a nice personality trait, it can sometimes cause whiplash; I manage to make it through the storm just fine and then once it passes, I sit back and I go “How on Earth did I survive that?” Once again my grandma’s wise words come into play. No matter how bad things get, I can always hear her voice saying “This too shall pass.” And it’s that voice that has gotten me through some of the rough patches I’ve encountered the past few years. Even typing those words “rough” and “patches” seems surreal. Me? A difficult time? I guess I’m only human. While the whiplash effect can sometimes drag up unwanted memories, I believe it’s there for a reason. Looking back only helps me to realize the abundance of things I have to be thankful for today.
  • Those three people in the photo with me are my adorable, albeit, a little bit hipster, siblings. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.
  • Of course I’m also thankful for my parents, without whom I’d have none of those siblings, not to mention a bunch of other awesome things.
  • My husband, seriously, no one else I’d rather share my abundance with — wait that sounds wrong. Basically, our relationship rocks.
  • My friends and co-workers.
  • Most importantly, my very wise grandma, who is just half of the dynamic duo that make up my amazing grandparents, who I am so thankful for every day.
Whatever you’re thankful for this year, I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! And don’t forget the lemonade.

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Emily Caswell

Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.