Keeping Thanksgiving in Perspective


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Pictures of Thanksgiving focus on beautiful tablescapes, perfectly prepared food,  and exquisite settings. When these images run through our heads, and we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of pulling the BIG meal together, we can lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday.  When this happens to me, I think back to my most memorable Thanksgiving, and it helps me to keep things in perspective. This post is my story of that special Thanksgiving.

Growing up, my son played many competitive sports. Golf was one of them. Like most competitive sports now a days, this one was year round. One of his (and our) favorite events was the George Holiday Tournament. This event was played at Myrtle Beach National; three rounds with the first beginning on Thanksgiving day.

This particular year, we were cold, hungry and tired after the first,  five hour round and we all looked forward to filling our tummies and a simple way to celebrate the holiday.  Anticipating a restaurant cooked meal, we were most disappointed.  Did I mention it was Thanksgiving?  The only thing open was ………Waffle House! Hmm, left with few options, what did we do?  In search of something resembling Thanksgiving, we high tailed it to the grocery store!

Back in our cozy hotel room the four of us  dined off of paper plates and ate with plastic ware. The menu was something like this: precooked rotisserie chicken, frozen microwaved vegetables, ready made tossed salad with bottled dressing, crusty bread and store bought pumpkin pie. Although the food was not what my kids were accustomed to on Thanksgiving, I could tell they were enjoying this most unusual venue. Instead of focusing on the food, we found comfort in being together. This makeshift holiday meal helped us to remember what is truly important.

Forget the perfect plate, enjoy the holiday for it’s true meaning! Happy Thanksgiving!

Have you had a Thanksgiving experience that helps you remember the true meaning of the holiday?

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