“Being genetically related doesn’t make you family. Love, support, trust, sacrifice, honesty, acceptance, protection, security, compromise, gratitude, respect, and loyalty are what make you family.” –tinybuddha.com
Once upon a time, I sat at the children’s table during Thanksgiving Dinner. I sat next to my cousins and sister, and eavesdropped on the “Adult table,” longing to be a part of their discussions, although I never really understood most of what they said. My grandfather carved the turkey, my aunt made chocolate chip meringues, my mom made her famous brisket in onion soup mix (my favorite) and I hid my brussel sprouts under my mashed potatoes. When the children’s table was acknowledged, the questions went something like this, “Do you have a boyfriend? How’s school?”
Then, the adult conversation would resume.
My oldest cousin, next in line to transitioning to the adult table, sat closest to the coveted location and occasionally intervened in discussions. I saw my grandfather’s eyes glow with pride every time my cousin stated his opinion. I loved that glow.
I have no recollection of any conversations from my days at the Children’s table, although I know that we did, in fact, speak during dinner. I only recall the warm sensation of being a part of my huge family. I didn’t understand politics, world events, gender issues, global issues, or divorce at the time, I only knew that I felt love at 360°.
For many people Thanksgiving can be extremely difficult. Whether you find yourself alone, missing a place at that table or surrounded by family members who do not understand you, Thanksgiving with the family may be a painful place to be. Sitting around the Thanksgiving table may provoke some type of unexpected depressing rush that you cannot avoid even by mentally preparing yourself, as hard as you may try.
If you find yourself in a Thanksgiving Day rutt, know that the day only lasts 24 hours. Do not dwell on the empty place setting, close your eyes and fill it with a memory that made you smile.
Surround yourself with people who lift you higher, because friends are the family you choose for yourself.
When you cannot spend Thanksgiving with your family, for any variety of reasons, reach out to a friend. Friends always find room for another place at the table, and somehow, the stuffing always tastes better on the third Thursday of every November.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Organyc family!
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