Nov 27, 2014

It's Turkey Day!!!

A little story for today:

We have always had 3 traditions for Thanksgiving.  We'd eat a delicious dinner with the same dishes as last year, my father would say the same toast, and we would go around the table and say what we were thankful for.

Sister3 hated it.  Not the dinner or the toast, but having everyone look at her while she struggled to think of what to say.  So we got creative with it a couple times and I persuaded everyone that writing poems would be more fun and a good substitute!  And a few times we actually had relatives nearby enough to share Thanksgiving with, which meant a blending of traditions and that Sister3 was usually off the hook for the public declaration of thanks.

Our last Thanksgiving, however, we were home, just the family, and we decided to let Sister3 off the hook and skip the recitation.  Sister2 wasn't there anyway and our father had ceased to participate in holiday festivities.  So as we sat and prepared to devour that same delicious meal, Sister3 stopped us and said, "I think we should do the thankful thing.  It doesn't feel like Thanksgiving without it."  (And I was smug and cackled evilly, but that's not relevant.)

Some traditions may change.  We've spread further across the country and can't always be together, my father no longer says his famous toast, and it doesn't necessarily make sense to roast a whole turkey for the 3 of us that will gather this year.  But I hope that each of us, wherever we are, is keeping up with the tradition of remembering the things that matter and the things we are thankful for.

I, for one, am thankful for...

Family - it helps to remember that it's growing, not shrinking, and that a larger family means sharing things, like my sisters, with the people they'll be spending Thanksgiving with.  Can't wait to see you guys at Christmas!

Friends and Coworkers - all the positive influences in my life who add something, whether that be a shoulder to lean on, emotional support, or even just a friendly face.

Creature Comforts - our lives are so good right now and I am so grateful for my job and for Ryan's, which make it possible.

Creative Outlets - some newly discovered, like this blog, and other old favorites.  Basically all the hobbies that make life more well-rounded and enjoyable.

Our Goals - The future is full of successes and struggles, but overall is very bright and I can't wait to see what's in store for us.

This Delicious Meal! - I really hope it's delicious.  I'm cooking this year, so we'll see!

And now, since my father has grinched out on any and all official holidays, I'll take up the heavy responsibility of providing the toast.

Over the teeth and through the gums
Watch out stomach, here it comes!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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