I know it would be strange if I didn't.
I know it's almost a little bit cheesy.
But it's Thanksgiving.
And I think I should do a post about being thankful.
And I want to do it.
This year we're getting together with about ten other people from our church whose families live elsewhere and/or are from other countries and haven't celebrated Thanksgiving in the past. I'll make that celebration into a post, promise.
I'm making green bean cassarole and streusel-topped pumpkin pies. Oh yeah.
Anyway, I've been thinking about the meaning of Thanksgiving and wanted to share with you what it means to me. Absent from my mom's gravy, my in-laws' assortment of three kinds of green bean cassarole, and the daunting task of two Thanksgiving meals in one day, I realized that when I think of Thanksgiving I think of food.
Actually, I just think about food a lot.
I will even miss having two Thanksgiving dinners in one day - my parents always had lunch and Marc's always did dinner. It was so difficult to have the self-control to save some room for dinner at lunch. OK, maybe we didn't try all that hard. By the time we rolled our turkey-comatose bodies over to my in-laws' gathering, we were lucky to get down some pie. I always ate the sides because I'm not actually a big fan of turkey. But all the overeating was worth it because of the people we spent the day with and the memories we made.
That's what Thanksgiving is about. It's the people you have in your life that you most want to spend that meal with that are important. My favorite part's when you go around the room before the dinner and say one thing you're thankful for.
My brother always, always says, "gravy."
This year he has a sweet girlfriend that maybe, just maybe wants to be with him for a long time. One he waited for for a really long time.
He better not say "gravy" this year.
But at the same time I hope he does. Because it's tradition.
But he should say "Gravy...and Jessica."
What is Thanksgiving about to me then, now that I have to separate myself from the foods we have every year.
Thanksgiving is being together with people you care about, and who care about you.
Thanksgiving is about tradition - whether you're continuing ones you've had forever, sharing yours with new friends, or starting new ones.
Thanksgiving is about taking a figurative step back and thinking about just how stinkin' blessed we are.
Thanksgiving is about sharing.
Happy Thanksgiving. - Be with some people you care about, share with them, be thankful, and make a tradition about it.