Let’s be honest – I am still full from Thanksgiving. We had so much food for only a few handfuls of people. I made recipes days in advance and woke up extra early on Thanksgiving to make sure everything was perfect. This year, it was my turn to host the “big dinner” and I wanted to do it right. I bought new linens and researched recipes that I knew everyone would love – even the little ones. As my family trickled in, and dinner was served, I stopped and thought to myself “all of this preparation and it’s over just like that”.
Was all of this effort really worth it? I mean buying dinner for 12 people wasn’t cheap. And, while I really do enjoy hosting, all of the time put into cooking, cleaning, and preparing could definitely have gone elsewhere.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that the answer to this question was actually right in front of me.
When was the last time I was able to coordinate schedules with my parents, all of my siblings, and their families? When was the last time I was able to share a bottle of wine and memories with my dad and brother? When was the last time my niece and nephew were allowed to stay up late so we could play games and color together?
These kind of things don’t happen often. Our lives are so busy with work, school, shuttling kids to their activities, and other responsibilities that time with loved ones is often cut short – if it happens at all.
I am a very lucky lady to have such a complete family. For that I am so thankful. I know that these times won’t last forever so from now on, there won’t be anymore more wondering whether or not something is worth the effort. There will only be an appreciation for the things I have and for those I share them with.
That is my kind of Thanksgiving.