Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It is a time for the family to come together to share great food, watch football from High School, college and of course the traditional Detroit vs Whomever. I particularly enjoy this game as it affords me the opportunity to talk smack to my daughter for reasons I still have yet to figure out she is a Detroit Lions fan. I can only surmise it has something to do with her going to a small college in Michigan. However, it makes for good nature smack talking on my part. I recall one year when the Lions were up it even looked like they might win. I told her just wait; they will find a way to lose the game. Sure enough, it happened. I proceeded to say her since they started the tradition they have always lost. I may not be able to keep it up much longer as the Lions are starting to turn things around last year they won. However, as I said, it is all in good nature.

Then there is the food. So much that the proverbial plastic containers come out for the left overs that go home and become dinner, late night snacks, and lunch for several weeks or just a few days depending on the size of your family.

For the most part, it is a perfect time to get with family. However, for some it that is not always the case. Sadly, for far too many families it becomes a time of payback for past offences committed at past Thanksgiving dinners. Invariably, there is the uncle, aunt, or grandparent who starts with the politics or asking the questions why certain ones are still single or expressing their dislike for anyone that is of a different ethnic background.

Yes, Thanksgiving can be both a blessing and curse. For those of you reading this post, I do hope it is time for joy. I would also ask that why you go around the table and tell the family what you are thankful for, you keep in mind the victims or Hurrican Harvey and Irma. Moreover, please remember those families who may have a loved one serving overseas and cannot be home with their family and this may be the first time they are not with them.

Most of all enjoy your family and:  Have Happy Thanksgiving.

© Timothy A. Wilson 2017

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