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Thanksgiving Eve

 If you have a family like mine, chances are your kitchen looks like this. Tomorrow, I will gather with about 30-40 family members on my mother’s side to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has always been the most significant holiday in my family growing up. As tradition stands, we all gather at my Aunt Naomi’s house and finish warming all the foods in the oven as we arrive. It is expected that we will have a roasted turkey, fried turkey, deer, ham, and a never ending buffet of side’s of casseroles and vegetables to loot from. Before we eat lunch, we all gather in the same room where we sing In The Sweet By and By before we say grace.

Holidays always pose an opportunity for stress, grudges, and family chaos. Before tomorrow’s chaos greet’s you just remember that if you have at least one person to spend the day with, be thankful they are in your life.  I know that many families have “that one person” that can stir the pot and get under your skin, but in the words of Elsa, “Let it go”. Don’t forget to hug everyone you see. Don’t forget to snap a few pictures. Always compliment the food no matter how terrible it may be. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the little moments. A burned pie crust isn’t the end of the world. And most of all… give thanks and be thankful for everything and everyone in front of you. As years go farther on, I realize more and more that there will be less loved one, less food, less hugs and less laughs one day.

I hope you all have safe travels, feel more love than you have ever felt in your life, give more hugs than you have ever given and thanked more thank you have ever thanked tomorrow. My love to each of you.



Without this— there is nought—
All other Riches be
As is the Twitter of a Bird—
Heard opposite the Sea—

I could not care— to gain
A lesser than the Whole—
For did not this include themself—
As Seams— include the Ball?

I wished a way might be
My Heart to subdivide—
‘Twould magnify— the Gratitude—
And not reduce— the Gold—

– Emily Dickinson

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  • November 27, 2014 - 3:40 am

    Donna - I couldn’t have said it better. I am so proud of your insight. Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

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