At a time when there is a lot of uncertainty about what’s going on all around us in the this old world, we have once again arrived at my favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving. All three of my children have already begun fasting in anticipation of the Thanksgiving day turkey (that would be the maple glazed turkey with bourbon gravy), the refrigerators are filling up, and we all get a bit of time off before the Christmas rush starts. And if you like to cook, as we do in the Reath household, this meal is like the mother lode!
What I really like about this time is that it – at least for me – really focuses on family. We do not have the commercial distractions of Christmas shopping (at least until Friday), so we can relax at home with families and friends. Growing up this has always been a great family time with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins – and at least two Thanksgiving meals (you would think that I should be as big as a house, hum, maybe I was).
But the other truly important aspect of this time is true nature of this holiday, giving thanks. I (we) have so much to be thankful for. I just love this time to remember that. I am thankful for my family, my friends, my work, those I work with, and for all my patients (present and future). So, if you fit into any of these categories, know that I am thankful for you.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
David B. Reath, MD