The morning after

It is the morning after another great Thanksgiving. What made this Thanksgiving great for me this year was the simplicity. Now I don’t want to start sounding like a old fuddy duddy…
But, coupled with the fact the leading up to Thanksgiving I was on the “impact” subject and did a lot of soul searching finding better ways to influence the Scouts of my Troop and the fact that this Thanksgiving was near perfect. It was simple.
We went to my sisters house, my parents, my sister, her husband and kids, my family and by brother in laws mom were there.. that was it.
Mom cooked a great turkey, nice big bird cooked to perfection, my sister did her normal fantastic job of preparing the other stuff in a truly Martha Stewart fashion, and my wife did a great job with salads, sides, and dinner roles.
Dad began the meal with a beautiful talk about what thanksgiving is all about. Yeah, Pilgrims yada yada, but he passed on what Thanksgiving has always been about for him and our family and that is simply family.
For our family thanksgiving was always special. Growing up with my Dad in the Army, we moved all over the world and each Thanksgiving found us in far away lands, away from our family in “the States”. So we became close, just the 5 of us finding comfort in family. I think that is why we are closer today and where the values are built that carry in our lives today. It shaped what is really important in us.
After dinner, my parents had a special treat. They converted the old Super 8 films to DVD and we sat and laughed at old hair styles, goofy action, and remembered where we were taking a stroll down memory lane. I had not seen those films since I was 12. Wow, I guess the more we change, the more we stay the same.
It was real special to see my brother as a baby and toddler. He is no longer with us, so it was nice to share Thanksgiving with him, albeit he was on the DVD.
It was a simple Thanksgiving. Just Family. Perfect.
We truly have a lot to be thankful for and yesterday we got to share our thanks with the ones we love.
As we take stock in what we have, where we are, where we have been and where we want to go in the near and far future, remember what got you there. The struggles, the happy times, and the effort that you give to make your lives the best it can be.
I popped online this morning and checked into skype. Shawn was on and his message said “Its almost 2009”.
Not that I did not know that, but it sure was a reminder that time is flying by, we need to get ready for the coming year. Our Troop plans are set and we are in progress., but what about our personal plans. Don’t wait till the last minute, and don’t just fly by the seat of your pants. Have a plan and work that plan. In November 2009, you will be more thankful.
We had a great Thanksgiving. A special time with my family. I hope you all did too.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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