Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day for those of us in the United States. This year, I am sure it is quite different, than in years past, due to COVID-19 and social distancing. It is a day where families, friends, etc., gather together over a wonderfully cooked meal and ponder on what they are grateful for. It is also a day when generally the men, but also women and children and pets too, gather in front of the TV to watch the Thanksgiving Day Football game and scream at the TV, ha! Me? I’m not a sports fan, so I won’t be partaking. However, you can bet your sweet ass I will be enjoying the awesome meal that Alex cooks. Of course, barring in mind that Lance actually let’s anyone eat anything, since he is a bottomless pit, LOL! I heard that Larry got drunk last year and fell on his ass. I wonder if he is going to do that again this year? If so, I’m wholly prepared to laugh my ass off!
Sadly, not everyone will have this experience. Social distancing has separated families, friends and loved ones. So has death, illness, incarceration, and deployment. Some will be spending their holiday in the hospital. Some in prisons, others in institutions. Some serve in our armed forces and are stationed away from their families.
I am thankful that I get to spend Thanksgiving with my family. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my freedom. I am thankful to be a part of a family. I am thankful that I am loved by someone so wonderful as Alex. I am thankful for each and every blessing that has ever come my way.
But my heart aches for those who aren’t as blessed. My heart aches for the homeless, hungry, abused, neglected, unloved, lonely, grieving, those who struggle with mental illness, those who are terminally ill/dying the ones who are not as fortunate as most others. I am thinking of you, more-so on this day, but in reality, every day.