It’s that magical time of the year in which in a very short time window we have so much to celebrate starting with Thanksgiving. Two of my kids and two of my grandchildren are coming in for the holiday and only because the third kid isn’t coming in, can we talk about politics without casserole dishes being tossed around. Then again, does anyone really want to talk about politics anymore?
It is the perfect time to be thankful for so many things. Here is a partial list, please feel free to add to it with your comments:
- Not spending the holiday in the hospital
- Not being homeless
- Not being an alcoholic or drug addict
- Not having any mental illnesses
- Not owning any guns and no plans to
- Having a car/SUV
- No credit card debt in double figures
- Having a job that pays more than $10/hr
- Happily married to the best person on earth (OK, I’m a little biased!)
- Working out daily
- No longer having to waste Saturday’s watching Spartan football
- Not having cancer and being able to support ACS (TNG raised more than $100K this year once again)
- Being able to walk normal again after hip surgery
- Not being hungry and able to enjoy turkey, whipped potatoes, whipped sweet potatoes, veggie casserole, salad, rolls, condiments, stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie, key lime pie, apple pie, red wine, single malt Scotch and not having to clean up afterwards!
- More than 100 of the greatest talent working at TNG
- Crackling fire on a cold night
- Ass on the beach with a cold one in each hand (OK, the cold ones are not going to happen!) looking at the ocean
- Delta, Starbucks, Apple and Costco
- My dedicated blog readers who read my bullshit each month
- Not living in California
- Duolingo and Candy Crush
- Buddy’s Pizza
- Dean Sanjay who got away with $3M
As human beings we love to complain, toss out our opinions, pretend we are the best coaches and appreciate that misery loves company. But in the end, it’s all noise and one more thing I am thankful for: Ability to filter out noise. After all, we are on this side of the grass for a very short time and why not enjoy that time instead of bitching about it?
So there you go. Happy Thanksgiving and I will enjoy every minute of it and eat too much too quickly. Will I get up for that second plate? Absolutely. Will I have seconds on dessert? Absolutely. Will I enjoy that glass of single malt? Absolutely. My wishes for you is that get to enjoy the same.
Today is the busiest travel day of the year. Daniel is flying in from Duke and Michael is driving in from Chicago so we certainly are part of the statistics.
However, in a well written article by Mitch Albom a couple Sunday’s ago in the Detroit Free Press, he wrote about empty seats at the Thanksgiving dining room table. He mentioned the person who couldn’t afford to travel (an honest answer), the person who had a reunion (honest answer), the person whose kids had a hockey tournament (honest answer) and the person who was too busy (an honest answer).
Honestly, Thanksgiving is the one holiday of the year that family should get together. The summer holidays are always busy with weddings, reunions, vacations and such. Christmas is about religion, gift-giving and tradition. But Thanksgiving, nothing to deal with except eating, drinking and having a good time.
As I mentioned earlier, I will indulge. This time around, I will try to pace myself. In years past, we eat at 6:00PM and we are done at 6:15PM. Mind you, this is after the BUB spent 3 weeks preparing, 1 week shopping and 3 days cooking. I tried pacing myself last year but only made it to 6:16PM. This year 6:18PM is my goal.
And then there is always the issue of the “second” plate. My dinner plate during the week typically has a piece of salmon and some asparagus spears on it. Tomorrow it will be loaded with turkey (mostly white meat), mashed potatoes (small amount), candied sweets (large amount), stuffing (good size portion), gravy (a touch), both veggies, cranberry, perhaps a roll, couple pickles and oh, a little salad. The plate will weight at least five pounds. But within minutes, the plate will be dishwasher clean with the buffet lurking in the kitchen ready to be attacked again. My plan is to skip the second plate this year. Yeah right.
After consuming 4000 calories and the body going into shock, why not add a few more calories and shock waves with dessert. Typically I have no dessert. But tomorrow? Pumpkin pie (large slice), apple crumble (small slice), brownies and cookies (I can skip those) and for sure, a second slice of pumpkin a bit later.
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without consuming 5000 calories and then complaining about it afterwards. Amazingly enough, the next morning we will all wake up and wake up famished. How can that be?
Let’s not forget the true meaning of tomorrow: To be thankful. Yes, times have been horrendous for far too long, but if you have your health and family to share a feast with, you should be thankful. I know I am. And special thanks to the BUB so all I have to do is eat, eat, and eat!