7 thoughts on “Gratitude: Paying Attention

      • Ellen Hawley says:

        Before the pandemic, we used to, less because we felt a need to celebrate Thanksgiving than because British friends wanted to. You know how it is–to them, it’s exotic. Our tradition was always to cook the central parts of the meal and ask people to bring dishes, and that meant it got less and less Thanksgiving-like. You know–the Thanksgiving quiche. The Thanksgiving cauliflower-cheese dish. I’d never realized how locked in place the meal is. It ended up with the Thanksgiving pork. Then the pandemic hit and we haven’t reinstated it. It’s a lot of people to have in one unventilated house–and a lot of work. We’ve noticed that we’re getting older.

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      • Chandra Lynn says:

        Yes, Thanksgiving can be a lot of work. I did no cooking this year. My cousin and aunts did all the cooking. I didn’t have the capacity. I’ve never been a fan of the “eating” aspect of Thanksgiving. It always feels like a contradiction. Is being thankful a good reason to make too much food? Too many desserts? To gorge? Hmm…I guess, you didn’t ask for all of that.

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  1. Bridgette says:

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Yes, I’ve had to learn this lesson in my life. It’s too easy to focus on all the disappointments, it’s much harder and far more rewarding to make ourselves reframe everything in the spirit of gratitude.

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