Holiday Reflections on the Love of Family


Who doesn’t like Thanksgiving? Everyone does I would think. That’s the day you get to stuff your face with whatever you want or whatever will fit and not get criticized for it. Last year I outwitted everyone in my quest to acquire a sacred seat in the house. Pretty good for me I thought. But there is always the “next year” that you have to prepare for. What was my quest this year? This year I took the liberty of visiting multiple houses. Now, that may have did a little damage to my gas needle, but who cares? Thanksgiving is about family.

The initial key for me to visit a house hold was that they would have to have a certain item on the menu. Then I thought to myself that would be selfish of me. I couldn’t demand a dish to be made for an appearance. I had to think fast and I simply decided to visit as many dinner tables as I could throughout the day. And that I did.

I started out with my Aunt and Uncle’s home; big dining table and lots of food. I even got a chance to see one of my cousins who she and I have been playing phone tag and the occasional “city” tag. You know, where you go to the city you family lives in but can never see the people or persons you wanted to see before you had to head back. Yes, we did that couple of times, but this year we spent some quality time together. The next house was another cousin where I met my mother and family members I had not seen in years. They even allowed me to take a famous pie home with me and little do they know I ate half of the entire pie on my way the next destination.

Lastly, I traveled an hour and a half away. I met up with my wife and uncle as we surfed through the crowds, shopping for the sales posted in the paper. It’s hard to find a good deal but she will find one if there is one. After we finished shopping I got a chance to witness how tall my kids had grown in one day. By that time, I had to reconsider consuming another bite to eat because I was full. But, I did have room for love. The love you experience when you see family on Thanksgiving or any day for that matter. In the end, you can always make room for family and by doing that, the love continues to harvest; year by year. That’s the best part of being a Father!

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