A Personal Thanksgiving

In Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving episode, Peppermint Patty says:

“What kind of Thanksgiving dinner is this? Where’s the turkey, Chuck? Don’t you know anything about Thanksgiving dinners? Where’s the mashed potatoes? Where’s the cranberry sauce? Where’s the pumpkin pie?”

I know kids and kids are famous for pointing out the obvious.  They always make note when things don’t quite match up to the expectations or knowledge of the event they had.  Like when you go to a store and the Christmas trees are a different color, or how you don’t get where you’re going quick enough or when you try to sneak things onto the dinner plate they weren’t anticipating.  As an adult of course you’re able to eat dessert before dinner, able to watch TV late at night, and go where you want to go, which kids envy.  We often envy their ability to make friends or adapt to the situation when we fall to pieces. Of course these differences are one of the things that makes the world go ’round.

The reality is that you don’t have to do things exactly as the rest of the world does. You don’t have to have a traditional Thanksgiving Day with turkey and trimmings or live in a traditional house with a traditional job and traditional friends.  These are outer trimmings, to use a seasonal word, that aren’t really what life, or Thanksgiving Day, is all about.  Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for who you are and what you have in your life today, and what you hope to have in your life in the future.  It’s about being thankful for continued life and opportunities, for the change of seasons and making of new friends, for what we make of each and every day we’re given.

Thanksgiving, just like any other day, is what you make of it.  What will you make of today?

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