Giving Thanks

27 Nov

Yes, tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  It’s the day we gather with family and friends, share a meal, and give thanks.  Tomorrow is also the day I will be parked in front of my television, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the National Dog Show.

I will be watching these shows while perusing the ads for Black Friday.  Will I take part in the shopping madness?  Not really.  There’s no way I would torture myself by standing in line, freezing my ass off for a sale.  Fighting traffic and people is not my idea of a good time.  My shopping will be online, thank you.

After a mid-morning nap, I’ll wake up in time to start watching football.  I’m a huge football fan and it’s a Thanksgiving tradition.  While I’m watching, I will be consuming.  Beer and pizza, please.  Pass on the turkey and gravy.

I’ve never been a huge Thanksgiving meal fan.  Turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing are only okay if you drown them in a sea of gravy.  The cranberry sauce from a can with the rings imprinted in the gelatinous goop?  Yuck.  Pumpkin pie is only good is you smother it in whipping cream.

I’m also not going to be hanging with the family this year.  Partly by choice, partly because I didn’t have any choice.  With a divorce, logistics can get complicated.  It’s his year to have my daughter for an early meal.  For me to drive a couple of hours for a short amount of time didn’t make much sense.

Despite the situation, I have much to be thankful for.  I’m so grateful for my daughter, family and friends.  Fortunate to be in good health and finances.  It’s been a challenging year, but it’s made me better and stronger.

To all of you, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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