Ever since I was little, the idea of having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner made me giddy. We associate Thanksgiving with a huge turkey, mama cooking for hours and hours, having a huge family over, feasting, watching or playing football, and much more.
But my family never did that. We adopted our own tradition of Mom and me driving over to Boston Market, selecting some delicious Thanksgiving goodness there, and eating it with Dad and Shawn. So every year around Thanksgiving, that’s what I think about first and it makes me happy and miss home so much. Over the last two years, I have been unable to go home and ended up spending the ole Turkey Day with friends who also couldn’t make it home [tickets are around $600 one way…yikes]. This year, I will be spending it with the family of my significant other, and I am preparing myself for a very “traditional” celebration of Turkey Day [prepare yourself Instagram] which will definitely be new to me.
I’m thankful to have a family that is so odd but loving that despite us not being the traditional “traditional,” we have embraced something that we do every year that makes our family ours. No matter how much time you spend with your family, don’t take the time you have with them for granted. It’s easy to find them annoying since you spend so much time either with them or talking to them, but who else would listen to your countless rants and not judge you? Who else would want nothing more than for you to move home and never leave [my mama be a little too loving haha]. It shouldn’t just be Thanksgiving day when we should be “thankful for friends and family.” We should be thankful for them everyday because they make getting through everyday life not feel so lonely. Give ma and pa a call. Tell them you love them as much as you can. They always got your back. And embrace your traditional traditions whether you’re with your family or far away from home.