From: Vintage Kitchen Mystery Series
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Book 2: Bowled Over
I know a lot of folks consider shopping the best part of Thanksgiving, and maybe that's how they bond with those around them, but I won't be anywhere near a store on Thanksgiving or the days after. I'll be with family.
But... what is family? Actually, I spent Canadian Thanksgiving in October with my Grandma Leighton, my sister Becca, and my parents, who flew up to Canada from Boca Raton, so tomorrow for dinner I'll be with my extended family, my best friend Valetta Nibley and her brother, Brock and his kids. Then later, for dessert, I'll head over to spend some time with DeeDee Stubbs and her hubby, brother-in-law and mother-in-law at the Queensville Inn.
Family can mean something more than blood ties. It all depends on if you are home and blessed by being surrounded by loved ones, or if you are serving our country overseas, perhaps, in the Army, Navy or Marines. So many others serve overseas too, those who belong to the UN Peacekeeping Force, the International Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and so on. Those are my heroes, the men and women who serve far from home and away from family this Thanksgiving and through Christmas.
|'Hoppy' Thanksgiving, everyone!|
While one definition of family, according to the dictionary, is "a group of individuals living under one roof", I regard another definition as more important. Family is "a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation", in other words, those closest to you in ways more important than blood ties.
For this Thanksgiving, I wish you peace and joy and good times with YOUR family, whoever they may be! Oh, and 'Hoppy' Turkey Day everyone! (Hoppy made me say that, because he loves turkey!)
With whom are YOU (and HOW are you) celebrating this Thanksgiving day and weekend? And what is family to you?