I love seeing everyone list what they are thankful for. This never gets old, as a reader (facebook, twitter, blogs, etc). Im not going to lecture you and say we should be thankful all the time. I would guess that people are appreciative and thankful and humbled for what they have, and thank goodness we have recognized times where our worlds stop and we honor the feelings we have all year long. I actually learned a hard lesson last year and had to abbreviate what I was thankful for upon sharing it with everyone before prayer. To preface, my family has the traditional dinner, where everyone visits from out of town, and my mother showcases her Martha Stewart militia. She is crazy talented and whips up everything from the traditional turkeys and hams to her mouth watering Filipino recipes (adobo, pancit, palabok, diniguan).
Myself, my Mom, Aunt Ro, Aunt Cathleen, and Aunt Roz
Now Im the oldest of six, and a regular dinner at home is already considered a feast by many typical households. To top that, my mother is of 9. She grew up cooking for large amounts so to her this is just a normal festivity… with maybe a little elbow grease. Her immediate clan (husband and 6 children) try to help as much as possible. I know my sister Rebecca (I call her Becky) being a fantastic baker, shall whip up the desserts and I plan to take pictures of everyone the whole time so my mom can kick back and enjoy the experience. She wont remember much running around. She is quite the host and our little clan will be at her heels anticipating what we can help with, starting with my father.
Hopefully Ive painted the picture, but why this is important is because it all leads up to the story of last year’s meal, with 20-30 people surrounding the table. Its tradition that my Grandmother, Lola we call her, does the prayer and then asks us to cite what we are thankful for. Last year, I had to start… and it was a disaster. I unfortunately didnt have any sleep for varying reasons, had run the turkey dash with an injured knee, and was experiencing the loud ring in one’s ear that I only thought occurred in movies. I started to trip over my words, with my brain knowing what to say but my mouth not keeping up. I wanted to cite how Im thankful to have two roofs over my head- my home and the home of my family’s, where I always feel welcome and where my heart will always lie. POETIC, right? Or so I thought. Until my grandmother interrupts me mid sentence and tells me to speed it up, and to not take so long (in a very thick asian accent). Im a sensitive one, so I wanted to cry, as the room bust out laughing. If I had had more sleep and the ringing wasnt as loud, I probably would have sincerely laughed instead of pretending. Fortunately my dad knows his daughter, and understood what I was saying, translated it and smoothed it over- making me feel very loved in that moment. Needless to say, no one else mentioned anything as long or as poorly articulated after that.
(Me with my cousins and grandmother back in the 90’s). I love my grandmother to this day for all her quirks, and especially for bringing us laughter when shes actually oh so serious. Its obvious just how fortunate we are when we gather around the table and say the prayer, no matter how abbreviated our summaries may be. I tell you this story because I dont want to drown out what Im thankful for ever again, instead Im going to focus on the moment, and my actions. I know Im incredibly blessed and I only can imagine that the rest of the people that I come into contact feel their blessings as well.
Some Fipino/American Fare (Easter throw together)
I hope that I’ll see some of you tonight at Group Cycle, tomorrow at the Drumstick Dash, and dont forget about your Burn the Bird on Black Friday. Im so excited for these crazy times, as Im getting to know a lot of you much better and will have so much to share as time speeds on. Get ready for a fun breakdown of fitness, food, and festivities after this weekend. Until then, have a phenomenal holiday, talking about what youre thankful for, but even better…feeling them 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, from my clan to yours!