By Shirley Hailstock
This time of year we all think of gathering together. It’s a time for reflection of the past year, what we did, what we wanted to do, and what we’re thankful for. Since we can’t really gather safely this Thanksgiving, I thought about all the memories of past family holidays I’ve been part of.
First, there’s the food. We used to spend nearly a day and a night cooking. I’ve even gotten up at three o’clock in the morning to put the turkey in the oven. At the table, after we said what we were thankful for and began our meal, we’d share past memories.
We all have them. Remember when Uncle John told his war stories. Uncle John was never in a war. The laughter would ring out. And everyone has a sister, cousin, relative who brings up your most embarrassing moment to reveal to everyone at the table. Thankfully, we can now laugh at those moments (maybe).
So while we may not be able to gather together, we are lucky to be able to see each other through the magic of electronics. Your smiles and love can be seen. If you’re traveling this year, be careful and safe. If you’re staying close to home also be safe. Bask in the shadow of good food and family love.
Wash your hands, wear your mask, and protect each other. Happy Thanksgiving.
Have a wonderful holiday.