Life Without Baby

Filling the silence in the motherhood discussion

Happy Thanksgiving November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving is a funny holiday in our house. As I didn’t grow up here, the holiday doesn’t hold any special meaning to me (even though I love the traditional turkey dinner), plus my family members are on the other side of the world and don’t celebrate it anyway. My husband’s family is close by, but his kids always go to their mother’s house and his sister and dad aren’t really the kind to sit around the big family table and celebrate together.

Usually Jose and I head out of town, but this year we didn’t quite pull our plans together in time, so we’re just going to stay home. I’m perfectly ok with these plans as we could use a few quiet days to ourselves, but somewhere inside me is an ember of an idea about how the holiday should be.

In my dream I have a long oak table laden with good food that I’ve spent the past few days creating. Around the table are all my favorite adults, talking, having intelligent conversations, and periodically glancing my way to rave about the food. When I think about a big family holiday, I think about my friends. They are the family I’ve chosen and I am thankful to have them in my life.

So I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving, including our far-flung readers who might be reading this and wondering what the ruckus is all about. I also know that the holidays can be trying for we childless and childfree peeps, so I’m moving Whiny Wednesday to tomorrow, just in case it all gets out of control.

Be well and Happy Thanksgiving to you.


One Response to “Happy Thanksgiving”

  1. loribeth Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! (In Canada, we celebrated last month.) My dh & I are in a similar situation for most holidays. My family all lives 1,000 miles away. His mother died before I met her, his father remarried & often winds up with his wife’s relatives for holidays, & his brother often winds up with HIS wife’s relatives. So we are often at loose ends. Sometimes I mind more than others. (I do get sulky when there’s turkey involved & I’m missing out, lol.) I hope you have a good day!

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