Have you ever noticed how Thanksgiving is like the “middle child” of holidays? I say this because every year, as soon as Halloween is said and done, restaurants and retail stores eagerly begin decorating their establishments with Christmas decor galore, leaving Thanksgiving completely neglected and overlooked. And it’s not just restaurants and retail stores who are guilty of this; I have friends and family who have been decorating their homes with tinsel and rocking out to Christmas tunes since only a few days after Halloween.
Actually, forget “middle child.” Thanksgiving is like the “red-headed bastard child” of holidays.
I’m guessing that the reason for this is because Thanksgiving is the only holiday where one doesn’t have an excuse to drink excessively or receive some kind of gift. I will agree that Thanksgiving is probably not the most exciting holiday to be celebrated; however, it’s one of the most important holidays we have. Why? Because it’s the one time of the year where we take a minute out of our crazy-busy schedules to acknowledge what we have and should be thankful for. I can’t even begin to tell you how many sob stories I’ve been hearing lately about “issues” that really have no reason to be complained about: “I’m cheating on my husband and I don’t know what to do about it”; “My girlfriend broke up with me and now it’s the end of the world”; “I had a bad day! Poor me!”
Really? That’s the worst of your problems? Well, hey, at least you’re here.
With all that being said, here are the things I’m thankful for in my life:
1) My health and my body. It’s really amazing how much we take these two things for granted. I’m thankful that I am able to walk, to see, to dance, rather than spend my entire life in a wheelchair. Also, it seems like more and more people these days are being diagnosed with either cancer or some other terminal illness, and the next thing you know, they only have a few months left to live. It’s a scary reality to think about.
2) My job. I love my job, and not many people are fortunate enough to say that. Not only have I been learning a ton about food, wine, and customer service since I started there five months ago, but the environment is like my own personal work heaven; the owners and managers are genuinely good people; my co-workers are some of the most hard-working, amiable, fun, quirky, and unique people one will ever meet; even most of the people who come in to eat are friendly and a pleasure to serve. The restaurant I work at is one of the best dining establishments in Sacramento, and I consider myself extremely lucky to work there.
3) My family and friends. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without my family and friends, especially the ones who were there for me as I watched my mom battle and lose to breast cancer. That experience is the worst one I’ve ever been through, but I managed to get through it, all thanks to the love that surrounds me by such caring, thoughtful people. And for them, I am thankful.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?