I’d like to take a moment on this holiday Monday to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope your weekend has been overflowing with abundance. Full of love, laughter, family, friends, and good food!

Happy Thanksgiving by Colleen Kanna, Photo of young girl pulling a wagon full of pumpkins by Kylie Paz on Unsplash

Photo by Kylie Paz on Unsplash

And speaking of family, I just re-read the book Far From the Tree by Robin Benway. It’s a wonderful read at this time of year because it touches my heart in so many ways. Three siblings all with the same birth mother meet for the first time in their teens.

The storyline rings true on so many levels in dealing with teen pregnancy, birth mothers, adoption, foster care, family, alcoholism, divorce, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and bullying. But, most of all, it’s a story about relationships and belonging. All I can say is have a box of tissues ready.

Also, it’s teen fiction which is a great genre for teens and adults alike, think the Hunger Games. The straight forward structure and style make it an easy read. And, the alternating third person narrative is well written in an empathic and non-judgemental way.

My daughter was the first one to read this book. She began telling me about each of the characters who are full of heart, hurt, and hope. Eventually, I had to read it too. Just like the first time round, once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. I finished it off in a day and a half. It’s one of my favourite books and I highly recommend it.

At the end of the day, families come together in many unexpected and wonderful ways. And of course family does not have to be blood related. It’s anyone you share a connection with and care about. I’m so grateful on Thanksgiving and always, even if I forget to say it sometimes, to be surrounded by a community of family, friends, neighbours, coworkers, customers, and fellow small business owners. Thank you.

Until next week,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.