Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times of the year. My families annual Thanksgiving dinner takes place at my grandparents house with an abundance of food, drinks, chaos, loudness, laughter, and more desserts than should be legal. There's something very traditional and comforting about it. In all of my 20 something years, I've only missed Thanksgiving once.
Several years ago, my best friend had moved out of town and due to her job wouldn't be able to be home for the holiday. She was miserable at the prospect of facing her first Thanksgiving without her family, and as her friend I refused to let her be alone. Neither of us had ever spent a major holiday without our immediate family or had any idea of all the time and effort that goes into preparing such an elaborate dinner. Actually, we had no idea how to even prepare a turkey or properly time the cooking of all the sides so that we didn't have cold green bean casserole and lukewarm mashed potatoes.
There were a lot of tears of frustration and both of us wishing we were home that year but also a lot of laughs and bonding over the ridiculousness of the absurdity of it all. That year, we cooked turkey breasts on the Foreman instead of a full turkey; the green beans came straight from a can, nuked in the microwave; the potatoes horribly lumpy because she didn't own a mixer; and the pumpkin pie was store bought Thanksgiving morning, half price because the store was closing for the holiday. There was nothing traditional about it, yet there in that moment we had everything we needed and made the best of the situation. Truth be told, its one of my favorite Thanksgiving memories.
This year as I am gathering with my family taking part in the traditional festivities I'll be remembering those who aren't with their families for whatever reason. I'll be taking time to remember what I'm thankful for and the blessings that have made my life incredibly rich in this past year including my family, my friends, and my health.
One of those blessings that I feel compelled to expand upon is YOU. Thank you for always taking time out of your busy days to read what I've written, sharing a part of yourself with me through your comments, and continually inspiring me to better myself. I am very grateful for each and every comment I receive and am incredibly lucky to call many of you my friends.
I hope you all have a very blessed Thanksgiving!