This time of year we often hear, “What are you thankful for?” Thanksgiving brings about the time when we see our relatives and have a little extra time to relax or indulge in that leftover pumpkin pie or cheesy potatoes. But also it’s a time to take a step back and appreciate those you love. This time of year goes along with the theme of what we take for granted.
When I was sitting around the table in awe of the Thanksgiving meal before me, my eyes were opened to the 20 other people around me. My family is a large one, sometimes it is very difficult to hear yourself think, however I wouldn’t trade them for the world. My aunts, uncles and cousins are truly the only people I often feel I can be myself around. With responsibilities and busy schedules, the non-holiday season and months that I don’t get to catch up with them fly by.
This Thanksgiving however, there was an empty seat at our table. My aunt who passed away last year was greatly missed. While we toasted our wine glasses and beers to her, I was thinking of how easily this table of 20 can lessen and lessen in number. I know it’s getting a little heavy here, but I came to the conclusion that I need to stop stressing over my worries and start taking each day one step at a time. We truly never know what tomorrow brings.
Family is extremely important to me as you can tell. We support each other, cheer each other on and unconditionally love one another no matter how crazy we end up getting during charades after a few too many.
My mom asked me why I looked so sad while I was writing this… I smiled and told her I’m not sad but cherishing my memories of Thanksgiving. The holiday season, in my home, is filled with great memories and laughs and knowing Christmas Day will be no different might just help me get through the next two weeks of projects, speeches and finals.