Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I hope that you all have a wonderful day — for those of you that have to work, my thoughts go out to you specifically, and hope that you have time to celebrate being with your family before your shift starts.
Thanksgiving is, after all, about family, at least it is in my mind. It’s about remembering what you are thankful for, and for remembering those memories you have from days gone by and creating new memories as well. That’s why I posed the title of my post the way I did — where does your heart reside on this Thanksgiving day?
Does it reside with your loved ones, thinking about those that you are with, and those that you aren’t, irregardless of whether you are seeing them or not? Or is your heart all “pitter-patter” over the thought of getting out on Thanksgiving day and shopping?
Is your heart turning towards Christmas, and remembering what the season is really, truly, all about, or is your heart yearning for the latest gadget or game, jewel, or something else that is tickling your fancy?
Is your heart longing for times gone by, for people no longer here, for memories that live on in your heart and soul, for tears shed for those gone, or is Thanksgiving just another day on the calendar for you?
Does your heart remember the memories of Thanksgiving Days that are in the rear view mirror? I was in the grocery store with my wife the other night; we were buying the things we’re going to need for our dinner on Thursday. This year, it’s only going to be the three of us, Cindy, Sophie and myself. Cindy has to work on Friday and Saturday, and I have to work on Sunday, so any hope of going anywhere for the weekend is out the window.
So here we are in the grocery story, and all of a sudden, I was struck with remembering the time when my Grandpa was at our house, and on Thanksgiving morning, he and Sophie were reading together. Mind you, my Grandpa’s eyesight by this time had gotten pretty bad, and he needed a magnifying glass to read the words, so Sophie (she was seven in this picture) was reading the story to him.
Just thinking about it, I was struck by how much I missed my Grandpa and Grandma. They are both in Heaven now, and have no cares, and for the most part I’m good with the memories. But that day, in the grocery store, it was all I could do to keep from crying in the Produce Aisle.
I’ve started playing Christmas Carols in the car. I do this before Thanksgiving not because I’m bypassing Thanksgiving, but rather because the Thanksgiving holiday is the start of the most wonderful time of the year for me — the Advent and Christmas season. It has been a hard year for many of us, so my thought was that I would start the season early by listening to the music I love to hear during this time of year.
Today’s selection of music was the story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”, the wonderful tale by Dr. Seuss about a grinch who thinks that taking all of the things from the Who’s will result in no Christmas. I’m sure you all know the story, and you know that at the end, despite the fact that all of their possessions have been taken, the Who’s still gather around and sing songs celebrating Christmas. It was at this moment in the story that the Grinch learned something very important:
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!
My wish for this Thanksgiving is simple. My wish is that the Macy’s, the Belk’s, all of the stores that think they need to open on Thanksgiving Day, and deprive so many people of time with their families…my wish is that they would be like the Grinch, who saw his heart grow three sizes that day, and that they would change their minds and not open on Thanksgiving. I know that this is a pipe dream, that it isn’t going to happen unless we all stay home, and maybe not even then. But I’m going to wish for it, I’m going to pray for it, and I’m going to hope for it, and if it doesn’t happen this year, than maybe it will in the years to come.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. May the day see you celebrate the way that you choose, that you be near those you love, whether they be family or not, that you be able to enjoy the day the way it is meant to be enjoyed — by remembering all that you are thankful for, and being with those you love. Try to remember that, at the end of the day, all we are left with are those memories, the things that stick with us when others are gone. Create the memories today that you’ll want to remember tomorrow, and cherish those memories, because they are precious and worth more than any other sale could be.
Wonderful read Mike! I, too, hope your dream comes true. It’s sad that the value of family time is easily trumped by the value of a toy. Or a good deal. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving together and start of a great holiday season! :)
Thanks, Camille! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!