Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hung Over

Lol. No, I'm not in bed with a headache from imbibing. I do however think I'm going to have a time waddling around after eating 2 turkey dinners! Especially that pound cake, chocolate cake and low-sugar/low fat pudding! In other hang over news, we did talk a bit today about our "muffin tops" that reach out beyond the waistband of our jeans (well almost), and I decided that term isn't quite right for guys. So I deemed them "honey buns" :0) I know mine is a little more round after my grandmother and almost mother-in-law's fine cooking.

This year I had bunches to reflect on as I thought about all I'm thankful for. As Lynda mentioned, times are hard, but they could be much worse. I definitely can ditto that when I have family who've been laid off and are worried about keeping what they've worked their whole lives to build. I'm fortunate to have a job, a roof over my head, food to eat, and a little money to spend on Black Friday. However what makes me richest is having a loving family that I can share triumphs with (29 lbs lost, 3 races completed), tell jokes with, and generally just be me around.

I have always loved Thanksgiving because it's a time for family. I remember lusting for the day when I'd get to come home from college to celebrate and eat some great home cooking, eventhough I came with term papers, etc. in tow.

These days I'm pleased to spend time with all the family I usually just say "hey" to in passing. That includes my significant other. Since he's been closing at his job, we haven't been spending much time together except for a few minutes caught here and there. As a matter of fact, I'm keeping him waiting now to watch Wall-E, a love story between two robots :0)

No matter how much time passes I always remember the faces who are no longer there among the Thanksgiving bunch. I thought yesterday morning, they're up there watching us celebrate and wishing they were here. I knew each of them were taking part in their own special way. My grandmother now sits in my grandfather's chair, my aunt still jokes about her mom, and we watch the dog show and remember the pets who kept all of us in stitches with her antics.

Though we all have our problems, our vices about family and situations that need to be resolved before anger boils over, we need to remember why we get together. We need to think about how things would be different if we didn't have anyone close to us, to share and console us during times of loss. What kind of life would that be? I think I can safely say, not one as good as we have it now.

On this day of thanks and the days after, I think it's important to remember those who've fallen on harder times, those who don't have anyone to lean on...and reach a hand out. Like Lynda, I've already started donating. A few cans of food for a needy family, races that support medical research, spare change that adds up in the donation buckets, a percentage given to my local United Way while gift shopping, and then there are the children's ornaments from the Salvation Army I've perused. I question whether I have the extra money, but how can I turn away from a child who only wants the same toys I played with as a child?

Hug your loved ones close and thank your lucky stars. That's what I'm doing :0)

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