Thanksgiving Day memories for me always revolved around family; starting with my Father bundling up all of kids to go to the high school football game, while Mom stayed home to prepare for the crowd coming for dinner. By the time we arrived home, the house was filled with wonderful aromas of turkey and all the fixings coming from a very busy kitchen.
Of course, as time went on lives changed. Our Thanksgiving celebrations got smaller and somewhat less elaborate. Oh, we had the traditional turkey dinner but the fixings were not as many and the family in attendance shrunk or grew from years to year depending on who was around. There were a few years when Thanksgiving dinner was prepared for two, when traveling home from college was not cost or time effective for the students or death reduced the family yet again.
This is the day that you truly notice the missing people in your life. So now we make the most of the occasions when the family is together, for whatever reason. Last weekend was the time, so we had our family Thanksgiving Dinner because half the family will be away from the area this year. My nephew, Jim, was ‘home’ to run a marathon on Cape Cod, and doesn’t drive (along with thousands) north from Washington DC for Thanksgiving and his Mother is going to be traveling in Europe. So we all gathered, after the race, to give thanks for the all we have and shared a wonderful meal together. On the official Thanksgiving Day my nephew, Tom, and I will be together watching a few football games and enjoying a lovely dinner which I am not cooking. It will be a quiet, relaxing day to remember and give thanks for all our blessings. Enjoy your day!
Claire LeSage is the owner of WITTZ END Relocation Concierge Service.
Claire and her team work with Baby Boomers and seniors; helping them let go of the past
and move on to have a more peaceful, comfortable, simpler, and easier life.