"Did you have a good Thanksgiving?"
I know this question is the holiday version of, "How are you?" or "Nice weather we are having."
In the past, I gave the typical, "It was good!" While raising my eyebrows and voice for umph and to come across sincere.
I can remember a few Thanksgivings in my past... One last year, wasn't so awesome. The one soon after my parents split was horrible and I opted to be the gal to show up to work A&F all day and night just to avoid the awkwardness. There was the one when my Grandmother said something rude to me about my mother. (This was post divorce.) It hurt so bad and the turkey tasted different from then on. It is amazing how dark events can almost completely overshadow good. I thought this Thanksgiving would be spent in mourning, grieving. I thought it would be a dark sad day.
So when people ask, "Did you have a good Thanksgiving?"
I want to scream, "HELL YEAH I DID!"
It was one of the best ever. It was a Thanksgiving that felt new. It felt like a gift.
It WAS a gift!
As Matt and I were getting ready to leave the house for his parent's, I said, "You realize your Dad shouldn't be here today?"
I will treasure these two days in November for the rest of my life.
Pretty sure each person in that house, above the age of 18, will treasure this Thanksgiving for the rest of their life.
What will Christmas look like? I have no idea. I DO KNOW, don't take for granted those gathered around the table. Reality is, no one in my family thought my FIL would be here. The humbling truth is that any one of us could be the empty plate for the next family gathering.
By the way, I hugged 5 people over this holiday. Well, 6 if you count a friend that 'hug greeted' me at church this morning.... I'm sure there were some rogue hugs in there somewhere.