Today is Thanksgiving. A very unusual Thanksgiving if you, like so many others, opted not to spend it with family. In fact, this entire year has been a very different year.
Here in our sunny state, no more than two additional households may gather with a Thanksgiving host—and they'd better get back home before 10:00 p.m. Oh, and be sure to leave the windows open while you feast. After all, it should make it up to the sixties by the time dinner is served.
Perhaps that is why some folks will just decide to remain home this Thanksgiving—a lonely-sounding thought which reminds me of the perennial Thanksgiving angst from my childhood which I blame as instigator of my lifelong obsession with learning more about family. There is something deep inside which impels us to want to connect. More.
No matter the situation, there are still ways to find moments of
gratitude on this day set aside for giving thanks. As ironic as it seems, now that we are all separated from
each other, the gulf has prompted some to reach out and connect in other
ways—not only that, but to connect more often than ever before. Why is it that,
despite having online conveniences like FaceTime or Facebook Messenger
or a kazillion other options, the world never woke up to video calls
like it did when COVID-19 stuck us all in quarantine? Suddenly...Zoom!
Whether you are planning to make a Zooming Thanksgiving your family's newest tradition, or whether you are throwing all caution to the winds of change and opting for a clandestine gathering, I wish you a safe, pleasant and meaningful celebration. We all need something to brighten this waning year.