Howdy and a lovely Thanksgiving to all of you!
This year we’re having a bit of a non-traditional Thanksgiving. As many of you know Naaman works in a hospital. His career is what I would call pretty darn essential to society. He helps take care of very sick people in the ICU. Many years ago when he first start working in a hospital as a new grad he had no seniority and as such he had to work almost every holiday. It sucked and I would complain about it a lot. Now, although it still sucks, I am used to missing him on important holidays. Do I wish he could be with us today? Heck yes! But I know what he is doing is so important. And I also know that we can cook a turkey any old day of the year and call it good.
Since we’re leaving for a big family trip next week my sisters will not be home to celebrate with us. So I’m taking the boys and going with my parents to Cracker Barrel. That’s right. We’re gonna pay someone to cook a fine turkey dinner for us and I’m going to eat pumpkin pie off a fork THAT I WON’T HAVE TO CLEAN. Although I feel somewhat bad about making someone serve me on Thanksgiving when maybe they would rather be with their family – I promise to say thank you incessantly and leave a fat tip.
Then we’re headed to the movies to see Frozen with the boys. Yep, my presence there will cause more people to have to be at work on a national holiday. I’m so sorry, folks. I really do hope you get to spend at least some time with family and friends and maybe eat some leftovers. Or maybe you’ve chosen to celebrate Thanksgiving on another day (something we have often done in honor of my husband). Last year we pretended that Christmas morning was on December 24th. Shhhh, don’t tell the boys (or baby Jesus). We all survived.
You guys? I used to work retail on Black Friday. Talk about your modern day nightmares. But I really did like the hustle and bustle of the crowd and the all-day excitement of being there to witness the chaos of die-hard bargain shoppers. I totally get the reason why some people are against stores opening on Thanksgiving. Good thing you don’t have to go if you don’t want to, huh? I totally get the distaste for the ever-growing consumerism that has taken over our country. I cannot relate to ramming someone with a cart in the effort to get a small flat-screen television for $50 less than I could from the comfort of my own home that same night (I love you, internet). But who am I to frown upon someone else’s choice? I won’t. You want that TV? You go get ‘em, tiger!
One Thanksgiving evening my sisters, mom and I ventured out at 10:00 at night to the outlet malls and stood in a freakishly long line at Carters to buy footed jammies that were 75% off. We laughed, we sipped hot chocolate. We had fun together! It was an awesome night and I’d like to thank the employees that worked long hours and stood on their feet so I could get a bargain and have some fun with my family. Seriously – we were bored sitting at home. I don’t think we’ll do it again. But it was a nice option.
I’m thankful for the choices I have – that we all have – in this country. I’m thankful that if I want to go shopping I can. And if I want to stay home I can do that too. I’m thankful that the movie theater will be open so my boys and I can go make memories and take our minds off the fact that daddy had to work on another holiday. I’m thankful that Cracker Barrel will be open. Fresh biscuits, anyone? My mom had major heart surgery earlier this year and the last thing she needs to be doing is hosting 15 people for Thanksgiving at her house. I’m thankful my mom won’t have to clean up the messes we make! Thank you, CB employees!
I’m really thankful that I have family to spend Thanksgiving with because I know that not everyone does. I know that the start of the holiday season can be tough for so many people. Let’s not make it any more difficult on one another by judging each other’s choices. I *almost* judged those boycotting the stores. But I’m okay with it if you feel like boycotting or picketing Walmart. Aren’t you thankful you get to be passionate about so many things?
I wish you all full hearts and full bellies. I know both of mine will be full.