As this Thanksgiving weekend winds to a close, and we start to focus on Christmas, are you giving any thought at all to Thursday and what it really meant to you?
I am one of those people who spends way to much time in their own head, and this morning, I started thinking about all of the people who were at my table this week, and how if events, choices and fate had played different cards, which of them, if any, would have been there at all.
A brush with death, a ruptured appendix, a chance meeting, a dangerous deployment to the other side of the world, a gamble taken by a man on the girl he used to love a hundred years ago. Those events, and countless others, have shaped the life path of my little family unit.
Under different circumstances, that table may have had different occupants, possibly been empty, and maybe I myself wouldn’t have been there, helming the herd and strapping the feedbag on all of their much loved faces.
So while I, like millions of others in the world, am about to be caught up in a festive and commercial American Christmas, I have to stop myself and remember why I, why we-really subject ourselves to this thing called Thanksgiving year after year.
It’s not about the long drive to get there, it’s not about football, it’s not about who can eat the most. It’s not about a perfect, moist turkey that will be talked about for years.
It’s about a meal that’s special, because of who is eating it with you. It’s about bringing people together, some who may not have seen each other for a long time. The one day of the year where we should feel blessed and give at least one moment’s thought to how different it could be, if life had taken you, or your loved ones, down an alternate path.
I know you are waiting with bated breath for your list of As Seen On TV stocking stuffers, and you will get them. But I just wanted to say that your vapid and shallow hostess is truly thankful and my fambly is the most bestest fambly in the whole wide world.
My Holiday wish to you is that your fambly is the most bestest fambly in the whole wide world too.