Thanksgiving is just two days away, and as I reflect on the past, I realize that the way I celebrate this holiday has changed over the years.
First, it was all about family. I can still remember the craziness of kids running around the house, my mother trying to get the food on the table while it was still hot and everyone bumping into each other as we tried to help in that tiny kitchen.
As I grew older, I couldn’t always travel home. That’s where my friends came in and they became my new family, all just as loving and sometimes a little more accepting.
Now, this year, I will be celebrating with my husband’s family, learning new traditions and trying to understand the inside jokes. New surroundings, new faces, yet we will still be surrounded by the familiar sharing of love and laughter.
Over the years I have come to realize that no matter who is sitting at the dining room table, this holiday is about being grateful for all that you have right in front of you, to creating new memories and being ready for whatever may come your way.
So, at this time of year, no matter where I may be celebrating, I am eternally grateful for the family and friends who have entered my life. Thankful for those who stayed and those who merely passed through. You are all a huge part of who I am today. And my hope is that I make others feel welcomed into my life, whether it’s a holiday or not.
So, to everyone who is reading this post and to all those you touch, I wish you a sincere Thanksgiving, a heartfelt Friendsgiving and a life filled with all the happiness your heart can hold.