Thanksgiving 2010 – A Proposal

This will be the first year that I can think of that my family will be the only ones at our table.  In the nine and a half years that our older daughter has been with us, we’ve always hosted relatives, gone to relatives’ homes, or, once, to the home of good friends.  This year, it will only be us.  While I enjoy visiting with relatives and friends, I am thankful that we’re going to spend this one together alone.

Nowadays, I think we (Americans) spend too much time trying to cram everything into our lives –work, school, extracurricular activities, frequent visits to/from friends and family– and we don’t spend enough quality time with our own immediate family.  We don’t spend enough time telling our spouses, sons, and daughters that they are important to us and that we love them.  We don’t plug-in to their lives.  Sure, we see them almost every day, drive them to their activities, school, what-have-you, maybe even ask “how’s school going?”, but, too often, we don’t really listen to their responses.

So, here’s my proposal for Thanksgiving this year:  Whether you’re having it at home with just your immediate family, or with friends/family/etc., make sure you take a few moments, talk one-on-one with each of you family members, and tell them how thankful you are that they are in your life.  Simple.  Don’t plan a speech or rehearse what to say, just do it.

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2 Responses

  1. Glad you guys had a nice family meal and day. I look forward to being able to do that some holiday.

    • It was a nice break from the normal hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving. Next year, I’m sure, we’ll be back into the visiting/hosting routine.

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