I think Thanksgiving sucks. It really does. Now, even much more so being a business owner, because all Thanksgiving becomes is a stressful day where a big chunk is wasted sitting with my family, eating food, and watching football games, when I should be preparing my shop, and the blog for the next day.
And I know what most of you are thinking, that I am ungrateful. Well, it is exactly the OPPOSITE of that. I am grateful and thankful. To the extreme of BOTH words. But I do not need a day to celebrate that, because I celebrate my thankfulness and gratitude EVERY day. I am a blessed person, in so many ways, and the fact that society NEEDS a SPECIFIC day to commemorate that, makes me angry.
Let me backtrack a bit. I am adopted, the only two people on the face of the earth that I have EVER met that are blood relatives to me are Monkey and Gory. That is it, everyone else is collateral damage! 😉 So my ideas and values are a bit different then most. My family is who I CHOOSE for it to be. Not who is a blood relative. My mom and dad CHOSE to adopt me, and they love me unconditionally. So since I grew up with so much love from a family that TECHNICALLY is not related to me, well then, damnit, why can’t I continue to CHOOSE my family? I have many dear friends, and I choose to call them family. I have married a wonderful man, and now HIS family is my family! Not a single one of them has and claim on my and my DNA, they are just family, pure and simple, and I treat them as such. I have lots of friends that I have met through my work, or through the internet, and THEY are my family, and I treat them with the same respect that I would my own mother and father, because they are the same.
So on this day that society has set aside for people to “remember” to be thankful (the thought of this makes me SICK) let us all remember a few things.
Love your neighbor. Be kind to him, even if he is not kind in return.
Be patient. With yourself, and with others.
Remember to look at the small things in life, and allow yourself to be dazzled by them.
Believe in miracles, because they do happen.
And love with all your heart. There is no half-assing love.
I hope everyone has a thankful day tomorrow. And the day after that, and after that, and after that……………