Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

     I love Thanksgiving.  It is a day that is spent with family and loved ones and there is only thoughts of thanks and blessings.  Christmas is so special, but it can be hectic, and sometimes the real reason for the season can get lost.  Today, though, it is only about being thankful for what you have and hopefully praying for those who don't have as much as you.

     There are always jokes about family dysfunction and holidays that can go awry, but I think for most people the day ends on a good note.  We were watching The Middle last night and it kept showing parts of a recipe for Thanksgiving.  The last one was the best.  After a holiday of mishaps with family members the last part said, "add a pinch of amnesia and repeat next year".

     I think we all remember what we want to remember about the holiday.  For me, it is all about family.  And, while we have new additions we didn't have in years past, we are also missing family members that have passed away.  I am blessed to have so many good memories of Thanksgiving.  Even though I am missing really important family members, it is those memories that make today so special.  I know they are still here.  I see them in my kids and nieces and nephews.  It is so funny, but my 2 year old niece, Sadie, can make these facial expressions when she is being a stinker that is just like my grandfather, Tom Ed, used to do.  She was only 3 1/2 months old when he passed away.  She has her days that she looks just like him out of her eyes and makes those faces and I LOVE it!

     I also remember Thanksgiving past when we would play games after eating and my dad and aunt Gina would argue like they probably did when they were kids.  Of course, it didn't help that my dad always cheated when we played games!

     We all have parts of the holiday that we remember.  I know my brain can only hold so much information, so I choose to lock in only the good.  I love this time of year because people seem more giving and have a little more patience.  Except for Black Friday of course when everyone is out for themselves!  We don't go shopping anymore.  We used to just for fun.  We would enjoy lunch and walk around and if we found great deals, great, but we just went for the enjoyment of it.  Our fun time would always get ruined by someone thinking we were getting the last of an item that we just happened to be looking at.  It got to be really stressful and kind of ruined the fun, so we don't even get in it anymore.  Thank goodness for online shopping!  I can't carry many bags so I take advantage of shopping online and having it delivered.  It does take a little of the fun out of it, but it is so much easier.

     I am going to go get ready to go to my moms.  I am looking forward to a day with family and thinking about the many, many ways I am blessed.  I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and if you have any mishaps, don't forget the pinch of amnesia!



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