Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. This was an earth-shaking revelation for me when I realized it, because you don’t get any presents for Thanksgiving. And I was always what you’d call a present kid.
But in my formative years, Thanksgiving was the big deal, because that’s when most of my extended family got together. Most of the many, many members of my mom’s extended family would get together at my grandparents’ house for an amazing spread and lots of football. And because I lived next door to my grandparents, I often woke up to sunshine and the murmur of the bustling house right right on the other side of my bedroom window. I’d get up, dress and pop into the house, where the door was always open and the TV blared the Macy’s parade as atmosphere.
My relatives were a fun crowd, and just perfect, because the adults were fun and most had kids my age. The party would start early in the morning and continue well into the evening — many years, my family would visit my dad’s mom in Baton Rouge, then drive back and have several more hours of revelry.
I come from a family of restaurateurs, and Cajun ones at that, so my diet was never heartier than in those days (even if I was seen as the picky one, the family tradition being to point this out with every bite I took).
And all of that was and is a gift unto itself.
It’s been four years since I celebrated a holiday with my family, so for now the good times are a memory. But even though my grandparents and many of relatives are gone now, I eagerly await many more happy holiday times in the future.
One thing that’s always been a little harder for me than most is to express the things for which I’m thankful. It’s not that I’m a negative person (though sometimes it seems that way), but because there are only so many ways you can make “my family, my friends, my health, etc.” interesting. On the other hand, I am thankful for those things and so much more. So here’s my list of things I’m thankful for in 2010:
• I’m thankful that that the reason I ran a 5K in 55 minutes this morning is because of a glitch in the timing software, not because it actually took 55 minutes.
• I’m thankful that I never settled for life’s easy options.
• I’m thankful that I have an ability to express myself in a way that others enjoy as well.
• I’m thankful that I have been able to bring together so many great people in friendship.
• I’m thankful for the healing power of the New Orleans Saints, through thick and thin.
• I’m thankful for my independence. I never take it for granted.
• I’m thankful for the ever-progressing nature of society, even in the face of much opposition.
• I’m thankful that I have so many options in my life every single day.
• I’m thankful for you.
• I’m thankful that I can finish this entry whenever I want to go live life.