Thanksgiving is in just a few days, and like many parents with a college or university aged child, it is the first time I will see Brad since he returned to college for Fall semester. Our Thanksgiving will be spent in my hometown of Cornwall, where the majority of my family will gather to give thanks for all that this year has meant. The distance does pose an issue as times shift to accommodate the students who have to be back early, and the travel can be daunting, but it is worth it.
Preparing a big Thanksgiving meal is always a challenge, but my mom has an even bigger one this year, since after much deliberation, the family will be gathering from Sudbury, Belleville and Kingston at my parents’ home, and doesn’t the oven break down beyond repair! She is ordering a new one but it likely won’t be in until after Thanksgiving. Personally, I am not coming for the food and sandwiches or takeout would be fine with me, but the plan is for her to prepare it at my sister’s house which is one house away from my mom. Talk about bad timing.
One family member has to work and will not be journeying back home for the holiday, and this is something we will need to get used to. My niece Monika is moving to Houston Texas next month for a great employment opportunity in the nursing field. I am happy for her as it will mean new adventures, and since at this point in her life, she can do this, then why not? On the other hand, I will miss her. She is my only family in Kingston and since moving here we have went for dinner, the movies, concerts and trips downtown. This is the first time someone I care for has moved so far away, but thanks to social media, we will be able to stay in touch. Who knows, maybe one day in the future I will venture to Texas to see her, always wanted to visit it.
I suggested she start writing, even if it is just for her. She’s always been a great writer and the adventures she will have will be memorable. There is twenty years difference between us and she’s a July baby like me, so we have shared many birthday celebrations. On top of being my niece, she is also my god-daughter.
Thanksgiving! If you really think about it, what does it mean to you? I have given this a lot of thought especially now with the dynamics shifting. Some cannot return home or loved ones have passed and so new traditions are formed. Both my son and I have had invitation extended from friends in case we couldn’t travel home, and that means a lot to us. Wherever you are and whoever you celebrate with, enjoy not only the food but the company. Enjoy the leaves changing colour, the warm weather before temperatures plummet and the time to catch up with loved ones.
Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on all you are grateful for, share some laughs, some great food and start some new traditions. Happy Thanksgiving!