“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” ~E.P. Powell
Growing up as a boy, my Thanksgivings were always large family gatherings filled with relatives we often only saw but once a year. I guess you could say there’s a lot of catching up to do with such limited face time.
Truthfully, many of my holidays as a kid were just the same way – an abundance of food, lots of family and an abundance of food (what can I say, I’m Italian!).
But nothing stays the same in life – families increase, people move away and eventually divide. Suddenly your traditionally Thanksgiving, filled with so many family members, is no more.
It’s hard at times not to find sadness with such a reality, but not if you remember the words of E.P. Powell – “be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.”
As long as you have someone to share the holidays with – even just a handful of people – you have something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.