Happy, happy Thanksgiving to all those who are celebrating today! Thanksgiving is always a tricky holiday to write about and it really shouldn’t be. I absolutely hate the social media trend of #blessed but honestly, that is how I feel each and every year when the end of November roles around. Last year on Thanksgiving I made a list of 27 things I was grateful for and guess what? The list has not changed!
My brother will not be able to join the family this year for the second time in three years. The first time, 2012, it was so odd. There only time my younger brother had not been a part of Thanksgiving I was 2 months and 14 months old and thus, I do not remember them. The rest though, I have fond memories. Growing up we went to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and came home to dinner of filet – unusual but that was how we did our Thanksgivings (with some cranberry walnut bread, of course). In 2012 Kevin could not join because he was studying abroad in Dublin and while I was really jealous, it just was not the same without him.
This year, he has to stay in NYC to work. To say I am bummed out is an understatement, but I realize it is a petty woe. He is happy, healthy, and has a great job. His company needs him so much that he can not afford to take off a long weekend to come down to Florida. I feel much more for my blogging friends like Samantha whose husband is away serving our country. To all those who are away from home, for whatever reason, I wish you even more good thoughts and good tidings. This Thanksgiving I am thankful for my brother, my family, and all of the wonderful things 2014 has brought.
Alright, enough is enough I will stop rambling, soak in a few more rays of sunshine and then head to a very seafood centric Thanksgiving where I will undoubtedly choose oyster and King crab legs over turkey and stuffing.