Thanksgiving 2020 will be a challenge for many of us. If you like to spend time with family and friends, this might not be the year you can do that, safely that is. Travel is discouraged and everyone is being urged to keep their gatherings small.
That’s what the House family is doing this year. For the past ten years or so, Kara and I have hosted Thanksgiving, with a group of relatives and friends that numbers in the high twenties. We are not doing that this year. No need for the leaf in the table, and moving couches for another folding table, just us.
Despite the pandemic reducing the size of our holiday celebration, the scope of gratitude feels wider this year. I’m grateful for my family, my parents and friends. I’m blessed to have so many. I’m grateful for my health and grateful for the good things that happened in what many are calling a horrible year. I’m grateful for an amazing career at WFSB, and all the experiences I had there that have given me the optimism I feel today for the future, of which I am also very grateful for.
I’m also grateful for cherished memories of Thanksgiving past. Our first Thanksgiving that we hosted was back in 2003. Freshly married, Kara made an amazing turkey dinner, her first attempt at cooking the holiday bird. It was a big success. Among the guests that year? Denise. We had a blast.
We will miss our dear friend this year, but so grateful for a remarkable friendship. Here’s a text Denise sent me last Thanksgiving Day. She died 9 days later.
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By the way, she loved the word “pilgrim,” from the Pilgrim Furniture commercials and she had fun pronouncing it.