Calida and Dinah Salazar

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


There are many things to give thanks for.  Finally feeling better after a bout with the flu, strep throat, and a chest cold, is currently number one on my list!  Thankfulness is the number one lesson learned from my mother's illness.  Thankfulness for time, memories, laughter, and family.  Thanksgiving 2007, I spent the day cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner for my uncle, brother, and mother.  We gathered in the living room where my mother's bed was, set the table there, and shared our meal.  It was quiet and left me feeling immensely grateful for the experience.  My mother lost her battle with cancer early the next morning and I couldn't help but think that Thanksgiving was the most appropriate time for this to happen.  Each year I find myself not being sad, instead, I feel my spirit fill with gratitude for the privilege of being part of her life.  This is the link to the slide show played at the celebration of her life.  I find it uplifting to reflect on her life and all of the happy moments captured in these photographs.  Please enjoy, and have a Happy Thanksgiving filled with your own moments of thankfulness.


  1. I haven't clicked on the slide show yet, but it was nice reading your post and remembering your mom this time of year.

  2. It's the same slide show from her service, but with different audio. It makes me smile and cry. I always end up missing her and at the same time being happy to see her face and remember all the fun we had. I hope when you watch it, it does the same for you!