There are many things I cherish about this time of year.
Usually the weather is at a great temperature — unless it decides to be 75 degrees-plus — the trees turn their beautiful hues of yellow, orange and red, and the food is always top notch. I’m always a bit spoiled around Thanksgiving, as both my mother and father and both of their parents live very close to each other. Which of course means multiple Thanksgiving meals.
I have many happy memories of myself, my mother and siblings and then all my aunts, uncles and cousins converging on my grandma’s house in Mesquite, Texas for Thanksgiving dinner. There was always plenty of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and sweet tea to go around, among other things.
Now my mother hosts the family Thanksgiving as my grandma has grown older. These days, my cousins and I, who are now all adults, spend plenty of time catching up on what’s been going on in our lives, sharing crazy stories, shooting the breeze about the latest happenings in sports, and reliving old inside jokes from our childhood.
Usually, a football or basketball comes out and the cousins, including the littler ones now, toss the pigskin or shoot around until well after the sun has set.
Of course, the Dallas Cowboys game is always on, unless its time to eat, when my mother forbids the use of the TV.
Thanksgiving is a good time for perspective. It’s a good time to reflect on the good things in life. While time should always be made to be thankful, no matter the time of year, it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder.
So take some time this week, and every week, to think about something to be thankful for, and show that gratitude by giving back in any way you can. All it can take is a smile or a kind word to let someone know that you care, and let them have something to be thankful for.