Gratitude and grace

“If you think Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down.” -Tony Snow

“I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.” – Jon Stewart

That sums up my thoughts on the holiday itself.

The tradition associated with it is another thang entirely.

I love tradition.  I don’t mind breaking it either.  Some traditions I follow include annual trips:  Big Bear, Pismo Beach, New York.  Outings: The Sawdust Festival, the Michael Jackson Dance-a-Thon, Christmas movie night.  Celebrations: Most pop-culture American holidays involving food/drink and niceties, Mardi Gras, birthdays, New Years.

My earliest memory of Thanksgiving was when I, as a very young girl got my first little tummy ache.  I’d eaten way too much because the food was just so good.  I rolled around on my back on the floor trying to get comfortable.

Man I wish someone had recorded that.

Since then, it has become a day when each year, I get to see all my family members at once.  I get to cook and eat other’s incredible dishes, all made with love.

Most people you see are generally nicer than usual, and assume the posture we should hope to have all year: Grace, humility, and gratitude.

History aside, I’m gon’ enjoy my dinner and my loved ones.

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