I can’t remember the last time I had Thanksgiving dinner with my family in South Carolina. I don’t think it was very long ago, but it seems like it, since I live so far away in Central New York and typically only find time to visit over the Christmas holidays each year. Sometimes I get the opportunity to take time off and visit again in the spring or summer, but even then, the visits are short and I may not get to see everyone as much as I would like.
But this year is different, and I have to make this trip. I have a lot to be thankful for this year.
Just a few weeks ago my son, Dale, and daughter-in-law, Shanna, moved into their first home and are hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the entire family. It was just three years ago when Dale went on his first blind date with Shanna. One year later they were engaged, and last year Shanna became my first daughter-in-law.
My wife, Kelly, and I will be driving over 2000 miles round trip to share Thanksgiving dinner with all of my family, and it will be worth every mile of the trip. I hope everyone can make it. My other son, Brad, may even be able to make it down from Mississippi to be with all of us. That will make it even more special to have everyone there.
I hope that everyone reading this has a happy and joyous holiday season as well.