I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving holiday! While traditionally we have the family over at mom and dad’s house where everyone eats too much, watches the parade, the dog show, and the football game on tv, and we get in at least one good family argument, this year is much quieter. My youngest has a stomach bug and my husband has to work. On top of that, my mother-in-law is here and very jet-lagged, so she is sleeping right now (it’s nighttime in her country, so it is understandable). I am waiting for my husband to come home early and then will take my older child and mother-in-law over to meet the rest of the family. Hopefully, no family arguments or oven fires will happen. And yes, they do happen. My husband and I were dating when I invited him for Thanksgiving at my sister’s house. As we were walking in, there was a family argument and then, a little while later, the oven caught on fire. The pan that the turkey was in had a pinhole leak in it and was dripping onto the bottom of the oven. As we watched my boyfriend help my sister clean the oven, my mother leaned over and said,”If you don’t marry him, I will!” Four months later, we were married.
So as I reflect on Thanksgiving today, I would like to say that I am grateful for my family and friends and their infinite patience and love. I am grateful for my children. My son and I have a running joke, “You’re driving me crazy! But I still love you!” I am grateful that I am able to get up every morning and hit the ground running, sometimes slipping and sliding all over the place, but hey! I am moving and that’s what counts! I am grateful for all of the people who remind us that though we may not agree politically on who should be president, it is the people of this country that make it great and wonderful. For we still have the right to speak our mind and fight for what is right and fair and just for all people. And as A.J. Jacobs reminded us when he held his Global Family Reunion in 2015, WE ARE ALL ONE BIG FAMILY. So stop fighting about every little thing and instead do something to help someone else. Even if it is as small as paying the coffee for the person standing on line behind you, show someone that you care. I challenge you to do one act of kindness a week between now and New Year’s Eve. Can you do it? I bet you can!