Time is moving at lightning fast speed. Before you know it, Halloween will be upon us, which to me, is the kick starter for the upcoming holiday season. Out of all the holidays of the year, Thanksgiving definitely holds a special place in my heart. It’s not a holiday that centers around gift-giving and receiving. It focuses on one of the basic fundamentals in life: family. Every year since I can remember, my parents and I went to my Aunt Claire’s House near Lancaster, PA for the weekend. If there is any place that resonates the fall season, that is most definitely it. Her version of Thanksgiving is gourmet, fresh, and simply delicious. Baked brie, squash soup, 3 different kinds of potatoes, fresh biscuits, cornbread, cranberry sauce….you get the picture. The acres of farmland, Amish shops and small town feel is refreshing coming from NYC and New Jersey. Everyone walks around with a smile on their face! It’s incredible how people can find happiness and appreciate the little things in life.
However, this year, Thanksgiving is ON HOLD, unless someone comes in and saves the day. My mother and aunt haven’t spoken to each other since April. The argument itself was blown out of proportion, and is now jeopardizing one of our most important family traditions. I usually play the family mediator, but in this case, nothing I’ve said to either one of them seems to help. Both are stubborn and unwilling to compromise. Since I have such a small family, this makes it especially more difficult to deal with. My cousins aren’t willing to step in and do the job, so I have to. But how far will I have to go? Is this only important to me?
With all of the problems going on in the world, let’s give thanks for what we do have: Each other.