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Thanksgiving With the Family

Published on 11/24/2016
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       Thanksgiving With Family

     Today there were 43 members of our extended family gathered to enjoy Thanksgiving together. Once again we met at what had been my grandparents home when they were alive. Twice the house has been remodeled in order to accommodate the ever growing number of family members (brought about by marriages and the birth of new children) who come for Thanksgiving Dinner.

     Sitting across from my wife and I today was my brother-in-law. One of the things he reminisced about as we enjoyed our meal was when he used to lift me into his pickup truck and put my wheelchair in the back so he could drive me around.

     He had started dating my older sister before going away into the Navy for two years. The extended time apart did not diminish their love for one another and they resumed dating after he returned. Not many months later they became engaged.

     My parents liked him a lot, but he was a little nervous the day he brought his own parents over to meet my sister's parents for the first time. He hoped they would get along well since they would soon become in-laws.

    When my Mom opened the door to greet him and his parents, immediately his Mom and my Mom burst out laughing. The two of them had known each other in high school, and were delighted to see each other again and renew their frienship.

    My brother-in-law and sister went on to have a wonderful marriage, raise two great kids, and he was very supportive of her when she decided to go to college and then became a teacher. So it is not unusual that he chose to sit across from my wife and me today.

     The only thing that is a little unusual with him having joined our extended family Thanksgiving dinner today is that his beloved wife, my sister, passed away more than a decade ago.

    Since her death, he has spent a few Thanksgivings with his own direct relatives, of which there are also many members. But most Thanksgivings he chooses to join us. He has grown to love and appreciate how much we care about one another and never let disagreements turn into ongoing grudges.

     The food, both main courses and desserts, were, as usual, both delicious. But what we love most about these family gatherings is the people themselves. I hope all of you have extended families who you love to be with. And if you don't have have relatives by birth or marriage, then it would be good to “adopt” at least one or two really good friends so you can enjoy sharing time together on Thanksgiving and at other times.

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