Thanksgiving has always had a sadness attached to it, from the time I was old enough to process sadness I knew that it wasn’t an entirely happy holiday to just gorge yourself on turkey and stuffing and read through the paper to contemplate shopping the next day.
Thanksgiving for us was a time we spent with dad’s family because mom’s family lived so far away and couldn’t (and as I later reasoned…wouldn’t) come spend time with us. Don’t get me wrong I love my dad’s family and will love them until the day I die. I was incredibly attached to my Nana, my dad’s mother and my Granddad and Aunt B. – my dad’s older sister were a huge part of my life growing up. Thanksgiving started to get sad when Nana died in 1999 and the downward holiday spiral just kept going and going. After Nana died my mom started making more and more of the Thanksgiving dinner and we carted it up to their house. This started to create resentment from Mom and later us as we ended up helping more and more. Granddad and Aunt B tried their best to put on a dinner but it just got sadder and more forced, and made us wonder why we were all trying.
When we started attending Next to Nowhere Christian Church we discovered quickly that they put on a community Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who had nowhere to go or no family – or just didn’t feel like cooking. We quickly jumped in and the Thanksgivings we spent serving the community were some of the best I’ve ever experienced. We could go away from it feeling happy – and then heat up our Take and Bake pizza we’d bought just for the occasion and spend time as a family.
This is my first Thanksgiving as a married lady – so that means The Man and I celebrated our first thanksgiving as a married couple yesterday. Instead of cooking a dinner for two or going out we met with our Lexington Buddies and had a lovely dinner that we purchased from Kroger. Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Rolls, Vegetables, and all manner of delicious carb laden food. The other ladies and I killed a bottle of blackberry wine while cooking and everything seemed to go up from there. At the end of the meal before we had dessert we went around the table talking about what we were thankful for, and at the top of the list everyone said we were thankful for each other.
I comprised a list of a few things I’m thankful for that I’d like to share.
-my incredible relationship with my husband
-my fabulous friends
-my job and the things it enables me to do
-our fantastic apartment
-my car, once it was finished exploding its a really great dependable vehicle.
-the United States, yeah, we’re having some hiccups but we’re a great nation.
-the fact that my dog doesn’t beg for food off the table, bum rush the door when we’re trying to get in and out or bark incessantly – what did we ever do to get such a good dog?
-a weekend production job (more on that later)
I’m also pretty thankful I have today off, and that tomorrow my family is meeting in Cincinnati to watch A Prairie Home Companion Live. Its going to be a great weekend, and I’m pretty convinced that I have a great life.