With it being Thanksgiving week I thought it only appropriate for me to make an acronym of the word thankful. I have really enjoyed seeing everyone’s posts on social media with the “So many days to be thankful” posts, or the “Days of thanksgiving” - where each day, a post is made of the meaningful things in our lives. This time of year really is a fantastic time to reflect on the year that’s coming to a close, begin making plans for 2019 and putting the pieces in place to start the upcoming year off strong. So, with that being said...here is what I've come up with.
T. Thankful. Of course, I'm going to use the most obvious word to start this acronym off, but its true. I am truly thankful for so many things and aspects of my life. I’m thankful to be a part of an awesome Church, Agape Church where I feel I am really plugging in to what God’s purpose is for my life. That’s not a Sunday school answer either, or me punching my weekly spiritual time card, its sincere. Seriously, come check us out or watch online at theagape.church - You might be surprised. I’m thankful for a loving and growing family. Literally, we have a baby girl that could very well be born by the time you read this. Hope not, I still have some clothes to wash. I’m thankful for an amazing wife who puts up with me, challenges me and supports me. She also checks me and brings be down to where I need to be (very rarely 🙂 ) from time to time. I’m thankful for being a father to two great boys. I’m even more thankful to have another year with my parents. Just so very thankful.
H. Heavy Whipping Cream. Yeah, I said it. Heavy whipping cream on any dessert. Add a splash of vanilla and a calculated amount of sugar and you have what might be the closest thing to heaven in your mouth. Heaven may be a land of milk and honey, but heavy whipping cream on a chocolate cream pie is the Equate version heaven wants you to grab a taste of. As far as bakers in the family, that honor goes to Papa Delk. I dabble from time to time, but my dad can kill it. Dad...challenge.
A. A big bowl of dressing. My mother makes the best. It’s an original cornbread dressing her mom would make every year. It’s moist, delicious and filled with everything from celery to sausage. In fact, if you go the website sandrasbomb.comrecipies.org you’ll find it a picture of said dressing hanging out. I’m lying, there’s no website sandrasbomb.comrecipies.org but if there was, this dressing would be on it.
N. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. It has been a running tradition in my family for year and years. We love this movie. Everything from the “Happy Hanukkah” scene to Cousin Eddie fulfilling Clark’s Christmas wish with Mr. Frank Shirley coming to his house with a huge ribbon on his head. There isn’t much ceremony to it, we just eat our fill of the dressing referenced in letter (A) then sit down and start the movie. I could care less what football game is on at the time too, that’s why we have DVR.
K. Kinfolks. It’s like a family reunion without the bbq. The cousins and families from each side of my family and my wife’s family work hard to find a time to see each other and spend some time together. On my side of the family, my parents are now the grandparents so my and sister and I work to be at their house at the same time. On my wife’s side of the family, they are a little more spread out geography wise, but we make it work. It might even take several trips over the course of a few days to make sure we stop in and see everyone. I’m not sure if that’s just an “us” thing, a “southern” thing or what. All I know is, I wear stretchy pants and love seeing everyone.
F. Family. There’s just something special about getting together. I encourage everyone, even the relatives you may despise or have perhaps held a grudge against for so long you don’t even know what you were upset about to begin with it. Reconcile. Family is what we have here on earth. Some people are blessed with large families, some with small. Some do not even have family around them. We have a best friend whose family is spread out from coast to coast in the U.S. My wife and I (and my mom) always make sure she’s going to be with someone or somewhere for the day. Because sometimes family doesn’t have to a blood relative. Spend the day with family. One day won’t hurt.
U. U will get full, be prepared. We are set to have two full-fledged Thanksgiving Day meals this upcoming Thursday. Lunch will be at my in-laws and dinner will be at my parents. My plan is to wear my fat pants, which when I put a belt on along with an oversized shirt makes me look completely normal. However, I am prepared. I’m prepared to pop the belt out a few loops holes and dominate the plate of heavenly goodness set before me. As for the evening meal, I plan to wear the same outfit, only after the initial helping of dressing (please reference letter A) my next step will be to slip on a pair of outrageous green scrubs that are size XXL and an oversized T-shirt in order to enjoy myself while watching our movie (please reference letter N). Remember folks, a dream without a plan is a wish. Plan accordingly.
L. Love. Love the one’s you’re with. Some family, you see all the time – love them. Some family, you haven’t seen in some time – love them. There might be a family member that’s completely hurting for some unknown reason – love them. The holiday season can be difficult for some and even harder for others – love them. To the aunt, uncle, cousin in law or relative that you claim may be an embarrassment to the family – love them too. Why? Because in 1 John chapter 4 verses 1-7 Jesus tell us to love one another, for love comes from God. You shouldn’t need another reason.
Thursday will be here before we know it, and I am so thankful for it. So, break out your favorite plaid shirt and wash your ‘go to’ casserole dish. Buy that turkey injector and prepare for turkey day. Just remember this, above all else, no matter what your words are that you may choose for your “Thankful” acronym. Hug your family, kiss em and tell them you love em and above all else, be T.H.A.N.K.F.U.L.