Yesterday was Thanksgiving and we went to our good friends house for dinner. We've gone there for the last 5 years so I guess it is officially a tradition. I think Thanksgiving dinner is the best meal of the year and last nights was superb. Everything was perfect, the turkey moist and rich, 3 types of stuffing, 2 with apples, one with bacon, delicious gravy, mashed potatoes, rolls. Sweet and savory. It's understandable why we love this meal from a purely taste standpoint. But it's more than that somehow. What makes Thanksgiving dinner so exceptionally good? It is certainly the food, but I think it may be the thanking part that makes it better. Dinner with our best friends, gratitude for all the good things in our lives plus turkey and all the dressing is a combination that can't be beat.
Gratitude is underated. There is so much good AND bad in the world. It's hard not to be weighed down by the struggles of life, the news of the day (especially lately), random tragedy, the challenges of aging or illness. But right there next to all the truth of the difficulty of life, is all the wonder. Love, terrific people, nature, beauty, art, design, interesting ideas, dogs, comedy, insulin, courage, intriguing work, creativity. I'm not becoming a pollyanna, but I am finding as I get older that calling out the good helps manage the difficult. At least it seems to work for me when I remember to feel gratitude for the good things in my day.
Yes, the more I think about it the more I am convinced that that's why the turkey tasted so especially good yesterday, because though it is cliche, we really did focus on thankfulness as we passed the gravy.