One of my early childhood Thanksgivings was held at my maternal Grandparents home in Missouri. I recall catching a well-deserved scolding from a couple of my Aunts before dinner for walking around the long table and sticking my finger into each glass of tea, and no, I have no idea why. The fun parts of that memory include all the snow that fell and the sledding that we did.
Growing up my mother always made the turkey and standard sides delivering to the family a wonderful meal each and every year. The morning would start with watching the parades on TV while things got underway in the kitchen. To this day my favorite stuffing remains the one she always made. As the years passed and I moved away some years would be with her and dad while others were at friends or girlfriends parents houses etc.
The first year I spent Thanksgiving at the family home after mom had died I finally realized that it wasn’t the turkey and standard cultural norms with our family that made up Thanksgiving, but rather it was her. Who she was, and all she did was Thanksgiving and Christmas for me.
It’s like both holidays have taken on a bit less meaning for me without her presence. I enjoy spending these days with my wife and either family or friends. I have even cooked non-traditional meals for both. And if turkey and ham are so awesome why then don’t we cook them all year round? We tend to love and follow traditions without much thought and that’s perfect.
No matter who or where you spend your Thanksgiving may you enjoy yourself immensely and more than anything may you feel grateful for your life and all that is in it. If you’re having trouble finding gratitude for your life and everything in it, try being grateful for all the things you don’t have that you don’t want.
Till next week may yours be an enjoyable weekend and Thanksgiving week ahead. Feel free to share this on Facebook or elsewhere. Be well!