Over the dozen or so years since leaving Arizona we have spent Thanksgiving in a number of different ways. We have made the trip to Tucson or hosted family that traveled in our direction. We have spent the day with friends, football, parades, and sometimes shopping. There has always been turkey, pie, and toasts made with increasing volume. Thanksgiving has always been a reason for thanks.
This year we are doing something new. We are not going to Arizona and there will be no family coming here. My wife is going to spend the day serving meals to those less fortunate, and due to my boys not meeting the age requirement to participate (something we were unaware of when we first made our plans), the three of us will spend the day watching giant balloons and fade routes as they make their way across the television. There will be a noticeable lack of pie.
It will be the first time in my too many years that I have not participated in a Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day (we’re having ours on Friday, and there will be pie), and I must say, the feeling is a strange one.
I am fully aware that Thursday is just a date on the calendar, and that the thanks we are giving is based on much more than an official holiday. And yet, that’s the day it is supposed to be, and its absence, I feel, will be greatly noted.
The boys, however, do not seem fazed by the change of date. They know that their mother is doing something important, that they will see the extended family for Christmas, and that there will be much pie come Friday. They accept change quickly and without question. I believe it is the result of my years of tradition against theirs still forming. It is hard to be attached to things that are always in flux, and a good case could be made for both.
As it is, we have much to be thankful for, and that is something we should acknowledge regardless of date. Pie is just the icing on the cake.
What a wonderful dessert that would be.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, no matter how (or when) you choose to spend it!
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