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Why I Like Thanksgiving Day

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In case you didn’t know it, I really love Thanksgiving.  It’s funny how things change in your life as time goes by.  Thanksgiving used to be a big deal in my life and I looked forward to it every year. Then it just became another day on the calendar. Life has a way of altering things and your feeling alter with it.

Over a period of several years, I spent Thanksgiving watching football on TV and eating turkey franks (no sense making a big meal for yourself). That was my choosing because I hated being and still hate being a 5th wheel.  Oh, I got plenty of offers to join people for dinner, but frankly I just didn’t want to socialize on Thanksgiving.  I know there are others reading this who have felt and still do feel the same way. Well, I am here to let you know that things do change and that feeling of “I can’t wait for Thanksgiving to get here” can return magically.

It all came back last year for me when I got to spend Thanksgiving Day with my daughter, her husband and my four wonderful grandchildren. It was the first Thanksgiving without Mom who passed away earlier in the year. Frankly, I’m not sure I would have gotten through Thanksgiving last year without them being there with me.  The transition of Mom’s absence was definitely made easier with my family being there.

They are again joining me today to celebrate all that we have…each other.   I can ask for nothing more.  And you wonder why I like Thanksgiving.


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