“If we fill our hours with regrets over the failures of yesterday, and with worries over the problems of tomorrow, we have no today in which to be thankful”
This year, Thanksgiving will be a little different than it has been for our family in the past. My father has to work on Thanksgiving, and my grandparents on his side who usually have Thanksgiving with us, are getting older and it has become increasingly difficult for them to travel. So, as it turns out, it is going to be just me, my mom and youngest daughter on Thanksgiving day.
My oldest daughter is away at college and I wasn't able to fly her home this year for Thanksgiving. She will be home soon for her Winter Break, so we decided to postpone Thanksgiving until then. My mother is an amazing cook, and her Thanksgiving dinner is anticipated for weeks ahead. Changing a long standing tradition this year has been a little depressing. Not having our little family together on this special day is not something we would have ever chosen. My youngest daughter is having a hard time with the idea. I've explained that we must be positive and it won't always be like this. Some years are just harder than others.
My mom is going to treat us to see Harry Potter on Thanksgiving, so the three of us will spend the day seeing a movie together. The night before Thanksgiving, we will have a nice family dinner together with my parents, but the traditional Thanksgiving menu will be saved for when my oldest can be home to share it with us. She will be with my sister and her girls on Thanksgiving day, so even though we won't all be together, we will all have family to share the day with.
|Give Thanks is hung in our kitchen to remind us to always be thankful.|