• Kelley Castlin-Gacutan

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! It is one of my favorite holidays because traditionally it has been a time for my extended family to gather for a meal and reflect on the things that we are thankful for. Because many family members live in different cities or have hectic work schedules, Thanksgiving is usually the time for us to come together and enjoy one another.

Everyone is assigned a dish to bring to the home of one of our relatives. Of course, our meal consists of turkey, ham, collard greens, candied yams, corn, string beans, cornbread, dressing, cranberry sauce, and a surprise dish that someone decided to bring because they tried a new recipe. Desserts usually consist of pound cake, apple pie, and ice cream. We gather around noon and quickly begin catching up with one another. We laugh, talk, play games, and take a family photo before everyone heads out to begin their Black Friday shopping. Honestly, I miss the times that we hung out together so long into the evening that everyone would go back to have a second, or even third, meal.

I recently asked Kennrod’s high school students to share what they are thankful for. Almost all of the responses were “I am thankful for my family and friends.” A few of the other responses included being thankful for: Kennrod, food, my dog, and waking up each day.

We all have a lot to be thankful for. It is nice to be able to share those things with our family and friends. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!



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