Take our nineteen month old out of his routine for a couple of days, and it’s a recipe for problems. This Thanksgiving will be different than we are used to, but this itself won’t necessarily be new. At different times in our history families dreamed of large homecomings.
Chairs were empty because their normal occupants were on battleships, manning tanks, and in fighter planes. Parents longed, not of a big family feast, but normalcy and loved ones. That’s really what a lot of our anxiety is about, whether Covid, politics, and uncertainties.
We all ache for normal when we don’t have it, and that’s not a bad thing. We are creatures of habit, and when we don’t have it, it affects us more than we know. Different is hard, and painful.
This year has been like a foreign world to most of us. Yet, different has produced some of the greatest events in our history. Whether your table is for two of twenty this year, enjoy it. This year, if it has taught us anything, is to enjoy the good.
In 2020, people fell in love, got married, and babies were born. Businesses were started, others were saved. Friendships were rekindled, old dreams were revived, and people found their faith once more.
I’m fall, brown leaves can be as vivid as red, orange, and green. The season brings out what you look for, so I would encourage you to look for the good things. Problems make their own noise, but moments need to be celebrated. Savor more than the sage and turkey this year, take in each joy. It’s the season for appreciating what matters.