At some point, I will need to host a Thanksgiving dinner. I recognize and accept this fact. However, because I’ve been someone’s guest for pretty much every Thanksgiving of my adult life, I have plenty of time to think about the holiday and the gratitude that goes along with it. When I became a parent, the things I’m often thankful for have shifted, and I’d even guess that there are some things that every mom is thankful for during Thanksgiving. While not every parent celebrates the same way, and surely not every mom has the same warm fuzzy feelings that I do for the holiday, when it comes to some of those universal Thanksgiving traditions, I’d wager that many of us can relate in a fundamental, universal way.
This year, for example, when we make the over the river and through the woods to my in-laws’ house, I’ll be thinking about another holiday season with my son, his growth, the relationship I have with him, and the upcoming Christmas season because I’m only human (well, a human who celebrates Christmas) and everything that has changed since this time last year. In other words, nostalgia will sink in and I'll be a puddle of feelings.
However, once we arrive at our destination and prepare ourselves to feast, and the reality of the day ahead and the giant amounts of food inevitably sets in, things will change. Doting relatives, a blaring television showing parades and football sinks in, and some hyper children will cause my "thankfulness" to shift, ever-so-slightly, and I'll probably end up thankful for a few, um, different things. Either way, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, so here are a few things I'm sure every mom is thankful for on Turkey Day.