I’m getting ready to head back east for a very traditional New England Thanksgiving dinner. All the elements that you see portrayed in idyllic family life will mostly likely be present complete with a kids table this year. We will have lots of family, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
We are fortunate to have parents who are still in good health. They are still able to host us, visit us, and be active with our children. It is a gift that I don’t take for granted especially as we both live far away from our families.
The health of my own family, there are many families that struggle with poor health in one way or another so I am thankful that we are not one of them.
As a child, I had no idea what a gift I received from my parents. They are well-adjusted and love each other deeply. I take that for granted because I’ve never known anything else. They weren’t perfect but they taught me the value of faith, family, hard work and having fun, in that order.
It wasn’t until I got married to a man who had a very similar upbringing and we kept hearing over and over from the wedding vendors how rare it was not to have any family drama to be aware of.
I don’t have to worry about where my next meal will come from or where I will sleep tonight. Sometimes, as Americans we think these are rights instead of the privileges that they are. Many in my own city don’t have these basic needs covered.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie or whatever makes it feel like Thanksgiving to you. Thank you for joining me on this journey!
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