As I thought about posting today I had fond thoughts of the post I made last year – we have come a long way in a year!
My family is again in California – we have grown by 5 children this year so it was quite a different trip in the car than last year’s plane flight. My husband’s grandfather is quite ill so most of the family has gathered to celebrate with him. He has a legacy of 7 children, 29 granchildren and a quickly growing number of great granchildren.
I am a little more sentimental this year as watching Grandpa brings back memories of watching my father lose his battle with cancer. (It is times like this that I miss him the most.) Listening to Christmas music may be helping too. And as I sit back and take a break from the kitchen action I have been thinking about the tradition of gathering and celebrating as families. Where would we be without these traditions? Would we be as good of cooks?!
Will it be a little hectic in a few hours? Will it be worth having to wake up at 2:30 am to put the first turkey in? And cooking all day? And travelling 11 hours with 5 children? Of course the answer to everything is yes. Family is worth the struggles, the time and the effort.
I’ve been gone long enough that I hear my name being called, so back to the kitchen for me. Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving today or if it’s just a regular work day, I hope you take some time today to enjoy your family. Happy Thanksgiving!