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Thanksgiving – The New Digs

As I’ve posted before, Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday.

In part, because tradition dictates turkey (which I loathe) and ‘all the trimmings’ (most of which hold neutral memories at best).

I DO like pumpkin pie, though!  :-P

My birthday always happens around Thanksgiving, and when I was 9 or 10 my parents decided to amalgamate my birthday, my father’s birthday (last week), and my step-sister’s mother-in-law’s birthday all into one big bacchanal.  And I was the only kid.  There was much overeating of traditional food (see above paragraph), and much over-imbibing.  The men took over the living room with the TV for non-stop football and alcohol, and the women were relegated to the hot, crowded kitchen, wherein they groused about the men.   Perhaps I’d have felt better had I been able to drink?  Generally not fond memories.

This past year has been stressful, to say the least.  Loss of my house, moving, further financial issues, ongoing medical problems, car troubles and the sudden loss of my good friend Mark.

As W.C. Fields said, when he was dying, “On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia!”  He hated Philadelphia.

But, on the plus side, I still have good friends, family, a support system, and a good friend who opened up her home to me in my time of need.  Seriously, this past year could have been a lot worse.

I usually brush off Thanksgiving because of the traditional trappings and memories.  I’ll continue to do that today, but I AM embracing the tradition of GRATITUDE.

I’ve a place to live, a car that runs (knock-on-wood), and friends and family who support me.  And folks all over the World who read and comment on this blog nonsense!  Many of whom have become friends.
In spite of the few bumps in the road, it doesn’t get any better than this!

Here’s hoping you all have a blessed, safe, and Happy Thanksgiving.  We’re having lasagne!

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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6 thoughts on “Thanksgiving – The New Digs

  1. My take on it…

    http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=600
    I’ve had a very hard time hearing and seeing the cheery “Happy Thanksgiving” greetings and messages this year, and am finding it almost impossible to say those words myself. That’s not because I don’t think we have anything to be thankful for, of course. I count my blessings every day, and am more grateful than ever for all of them, but I can’t put on a cheery face and forget all of the things going on right now that make this anything but a time for joyful celebration.

    Posted by MamaLiberty | November 22, 2012, 8:54 am
  2. Happy GRATITUDE DAY to you and yours!

    Posted by Wilson | November 22, 2012, 1:32 pm
  3. Well, I am new to your world, but I sure am glad to be here. Hope today was a good one!!

    Posted by A Girl And Her Gun (@agirlandhergun) | November 22, 2012, 5:15 pm

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