The annual American turkey-centric celebration has been reduced to leftovers once again and, if you weren't trampled by any crowds on Black Friday, you're likely looking ahead to repeating much of the same revelry come Christmas time. My stomach was a little worse for the wear this year — meaning I probably reveled a bit too much when a slice of each of the four pies in my kitchen became one dessert in my mind.
Yet, the food wasn't the best part of the past weekend. For the first time in many years, there was a level of bonding and conversation that refuses to be described, regardless of what fancy words I may pen…type. Some expressions don't last I guess. The conversation I was having with my two brothers-in-law lasted from late Wednesday well into the early shades of Thanksgiving Day. That may not seem to be too big of a deal but two of us are tasked with the ever-present needs of young children.
Then again, perhaps that is exactly why the conversation was so easy to let flow from here to there for three or four hours.
As families grow and the sprigs of our own family trees are grafted onto others, it's easy to feel lost and out of place. Every so often, we need moments like a casual conversation to soak into our roots and eventually makes its way to our top branches. The experience can be so refreshing that we feel empty after the sun has set on the holiday.
But, then my wife said something that has stuck with me.
"I'd rather be in a quiet house after everyone's left than come home to an empty house after leaving everyone," she said.
As every husband should, I agreed. In short, you don't want to tear yourself away from the people who add more to who you are than they take away — be they blood or be they another grafted part of our family. Obviously, both roles have to be filled, but there's something about knowing loved ones can recharge you rather than drain you during the most hectic time of the year that makes the season much more jovial.
The nice part at this point in the year is we get two or three shots in rapid succession. So, like I said, I hope you're looking forward to repeating the revelry in a few weeks. It's well worth it.