Thankfulness is not just a feeling; it is a state of mind.
In a couple days families all across America will celebrate Thanksgiving. This particular day is one of the most anticipated, planned and heavily traveled days of the holiday season. BUT, Thanksgiving 2020 is shaping up to be anything but normal. Now more than ever, thoughtful planning and careful consideration must be incorporated into the celebration to protect the people we love most – family and friends.
Customarily, gatherings large or small would unabashedly socialize with those they had not seen all year long. The day’s activity would include hosting, dining, laughing, catching up, relaxing, and maybe watching a game of football. These are all part and parcel of what makes the day exciting, for young and old, and what makes it so special to everyone. BUT currently, new directives outline all get-togethers should be small, preferably to include only those in the immediate household or bubble.
Leading up to the merriment, retailers and supermarkets tend to pull out all the stops to ensure shoppers have their turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry, apple pie and all the fixings that go into making the feast. However, the menu I suspect with all its delectable, mouthwatering servings, is not the only reason for families wanting to come together during this stage. BUT, as health authorities would have it, they prefer outdoor assemblies versus interior, and if indoor, suggests that the count be kept to a minimum.
Besides a heightened sense of excitement, and meticulous planning, some form of transport will bring everyone home for the occasion. As of writing, the airwaves are reporting high travel volume, over 4 million persons and counting are transiting airports, bus, and train terminals. People from all walks of life are determined to reunite with relatives no matter the cost. BUT, yet again the health czars are recommending staying put.
Community Peeps, undoubtedly Covid-19 has proven to be a challenge on every front. It has impacted the way we live, work, and socialize even to the point of muting current celebration plans. BUT in all this, thankfulness should still be the mindset. Being thankful is certainly the best attitude one can have to keep a healthy outlook on life. Take the time daily to be thankful for your blessings and appreciate family. Only those above ground can do so. I am thankful for all of you. And oh, if you must travel, do so safely. I implore you to wear a mask, sanitize and physical distance. Please share what you are thankful for in the comment box below. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
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