Ordinarily, I’m not really that big a fan of Thanksgiving. It’s just too much…too much family, too much food, too much noise. In past years, I’ve always wanted to simply avoid the holiday completely and not be involved. I’d prefer to simply sit silently in a corner somewhere and ignore the commotion. Unfortunately, that was pretty much NEVER an option. However, the last couple of years have slowly been turning the tide on my curmudgeonly ways. Last year, as you may remember, we were blessed with family in Flagstaff and a wonderful meal to share. This year, we’re spending the big day in Knoxville with family and by most advance signs, it promises to be yet another wonderful day.
Last night, we relaxed by an outdoor fire beneath a beautiful starry sky. This morning, after a wonderful evening of sleep, my daughter and I sat down to start our own tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Unfortunately, she did not share my desire to engage in this tradition and after being fussy for a few minutes, she decided to spend her parade time passed out in her bed. Well, she is a little young to really enjoy the parade, so I’m hoping that maybe in a couple of years, we can really settle into this particular tradition. As it is, our hosts, N. and H. have made everything perfect and the magnificent meals continue to appear as if by magic.
So, it seems that, slowly, I’m becoming more involved in the holiday spirit. This can’t be all bad. It would be nice to enjoy the holidays for a change. But let’s not jump the gun…Christmas is the true test. This is usually the downer of the holiday season…but I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be a different year as well.
See you in the funny papers!