November has welcomed us in with a chilly embrace (although knowing Michigan, we’re bound to have at least one more 85 degree headscratcher).
This month houses some pretty important dates: Black Friday for the bargain-hunters, Veterans Day to honor our soldiers, and November 18th, which we all know as being National Only-37-Days-Left-Till Christmas Day.
But nestled comfortably in this month is one of our most time-honored traditions: Thanksgiving Day.
Many families will gather together around the table that day, sharing stories and laughs through mouthfuls of turkey, stuffing, and all the other staples of the holiday. It’s during these moments that we share in the company of our relatives, both loved and estranged (everyone has an Uncle Eddie in their family.)
Believe it or not, these moments are what make up this wonderful holiday.
I say believe it or not because sometimes, people seem to get caught up in some of the other nuances of Thanksgiving.
They spend their day thinking of nothing but how to make the ultimate turkey (the preparation of which can sometimes become as complex as nuclear physics), or perhaps how they will be blindsiding someone to save $150 on a flat screen tv on Black Friday. Or perhaps they’re dreading the gathering of so many family members under one roof (again, Uncle Eddie.)
With all of the distractions that this holiday brings, it’s very easy to lose sight of the heart of Thanksgiving: being thankful for everything in your life.
This is a day where we can all take a moment to reflect on the year almost in close, and remind ourselves of all the things we have to be thankful for. Maybe it IS the rocket-scienced turkey dinner; we can be thankful that we have food on our table, to provide for all of our loved ones, and Eddie.
Or perhaps it is watching the Detroit Lions’ Thanksgiving game; we can be thankful that we have wine and blood pressure medication to tide us over as we watch personal fouls accumulate like snow in January.
In all seriousness, though, this is indeed a time for thankfulness. With all that life throws at us, our cars are there every step of the way.
They shuttle us through blizzards and downpours, and bear witness to relationship break-ups and text messages of loved ones passed. They house our intimate moments, and provide us with a means to be there for someone when they need it most. We curse our cars out, wish we had anything BUT that car, and yet for all we despise them for, most of us could not enjoy the life we have without our means of transportation.
On Thanksgiving, we should give thanks for that rust bucket that makes our lives much easier.
So while you’re getting ready for that delightful melatonin coma, reflect on the things that you are thankful for: your family, friends, loved ones, and car. Because they made the year up until now worth celebrating.