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I'm thankful to be heading home for Thanksgiving

Friday, 11 October 2013. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

I'm thankful to be heading home for Thanksgiving

By Shannon Robin

It’s almost turkey time!

There’s something about sitting down to dinner with those I love most that makes Thanksgiving one of my favourite holidays.

It lacks the busyness and commercialism of Christmas, and the bottom line is simply togetherness and gratitude.

Our family is small – I have two siblings and my daughter has only one cousin. If everyone makes it to dinner with their significant other we max out at 10 people at the dinner table.

For us, it’s perfect.

Mom cooks a great bird, and some of us feel obliged to eat until our belts are bursting. The smart ones wear sweat pants with an elastic waistband, or better yet, something snazzy with no waistband at all.

The stuffing is always awesome, and I find myself checking everyone else’s plate to be sure I’ve got my fair share. Then I sneak back to the kitchen for a scoop more. It’s a casual move, but everyone knows what I’m up to.

As the meal winds down, it’s time for the biggest question of the night.

“Do you want pie?” Mom will ask. Of course I want pie, but after that last heaping helping of stuffing there’s really not room for pie.

I usually ponder the question over a cup of tea as I watch servings of apple, pumpkin and lemon meringue slices pass by. Most often I admit there’s not enough room to tamp in another single bite and pie becomes my late night snack.

If I happen to wander away from the table while contemplating the pie question I’m in big trouble. That’s when the tryptophan in the turkey tries to lure me to an after-dinner nap.

Perhaps a full turkey dinner every night would cure my insomnia for good!

Our dinner conversation is likely similar to that happening around other tables that same evening. We catch up on everything we’ve missed back home, from the politics to the gossip, and share our own personal news.

Gluttony aside, I’m thankful to have this bit of tradition and consistency in my busy life, and a special day to look forward to.

Being together with my family and sneaking off to spend a bit of time with friends makes the 22 hours of driving we’ll do this weekend worth every minute.

As a family we are fortunate to have much to be grateful for. We also have some great memories to share and new ones to make.

It’s nice to have dedicated time to focus on the gifts we have in our lives rather than on what we want or what doesn’t seem to be going right.

I’d like to sign off this week with best wishes to you all for this special day.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could carry the spirit of Thanksgiving with us all year long? 

This poem was sent our way by a reader.


I’m Thankful for You

Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let’s be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
On Thanksgiving,
I’m thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

 ~ By Joanna Fuchs









From the Oct. 9/13 print edition of Shootin’ the Breeze.
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