We may not have a house full of friends, family and neighbors all squeezed into my mom’s kitchen talking in close contact, hugging, sharing sips from each others wine or cocktail glasses or snuggling up on the couch post dinner in sweats and taking turns rubbing one another’s backs. I will miss that today. But this new “normal” isn’t permanent. This too shall pass. And once we’re able to do all of those intimate things again we will never take them for granted.
Today, I am grateful for my family’s health. For our safety. My father-in-law is here with us. He’s in charge of turkey (I’ve never made a turkey before and I am grateful for his expertise!) It’s never been so quiet in the house on this holiday but that’s just fine. We can pivot and make the best. And I’m hopeful for the year ahead. I will still find my way into sweatpants this afternoon. Taylor and I will rub each other’s achy backs. And we will of course spoil our daughter in kisses, snuggles and so much love. Stoney will accompany me on a post turkey walk and we will go say hi to Henry’s memorial bench. It’s going to be a peaceful, reflective and uneventful day (hopefully!).
I hope that wherever this post finds you all, that you are safe, you have a bit of food on your table, and even if you are dining alone, that you are able to connect with loved ones via phone, skype, zoom or text. We may all be physically far apart from the people we love but we aren’t alone. Sending so much love from my family to yours.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Be well. Be safe. Be kind. xoxoxo