A Few Thanksgiving Thoughts
It’s 3PM on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. This has to be one of my favorite moments of the year, as I wrap up the last few tasks for the week before 4 long days of family, food, and football. The mood in the office is fun and upbeat, as I’m sure my coworkers are feeling the same way. Several already left a few hours ago – good for them!!! I don’t envy the one driving to Palmdale right now, but I’m sure she’s excited nonetheless as she sits motionless on the 405.
As I have gotten older, I have grown to appreciate Thanksgiving more and more. When I was a kid it was definitely fun to get together with my cousins, play basketball and card games, and drink 3 gallons of soda, but I also kind of looked at it as one more obstacle on the road to the REAL holiday holy grail … Christmas. After all we “only” got 2 days off from school (but now they get the whole week – what’s up with that?), and nobody was giving us any presents. And in particular I never looked forward to the inevitable moment where my dad would start the “Thanksgiving Spellout”, where we would go around the dinner table spelling out the word “Thanksgiving” (Or “Happy Thanksgiving” if it was an especially large crowd) and each person in turn would have to announce something that they were thankful for which started with the correct letter in the spellout. You always hoped you would get “G” cause then you could say “Granny” and get MAJOR brownie points.
Now Thanksgiving ranks right up there with 4th of July and baseball’s Opening Day for my favorite Holiday. For starters I love that it always falls on a Thursday, creating the perfect 4-day weekend respite from work. Most other holidays just fall on whatever day they happen to fall, and therefore can be harder to really enjoy (like Halloween on a Monday). Secondly, Thanksgiving to me marks the official start of winter weather, and therefore ski season. Did I mention it was snowing in Mammoth today? Third and most important, I am appreciating more and more the actual traditional meaning of Thanksgiving – to be filled with gratitude and THANKS for all of the blessings in my life. I have a wonderful wife, 2 great kids, a growing business filled with amazing people, and the health and energy to approach each day with optimism. I probably don’t appreciate all that I have been given nearly enough, and so Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity to slow down a bit and just enjoy how amazing life truly is.
If you are reading this, I with you a Happy Thanksgiving, and all the best in your life and the lives of your loved ones. And if you are looking for an activity for the family to enjoy around the dinner table tomorrow night – I wholeheartedly endorse the Thanksgiving Spellout.
PPM Thanksgiving Potluck Feast (11/17/16)