Even though I currently like in Louisville, KY, I have family in multiple different states. I have family in GA, NC, CT, and many more. Every year for Thanksgiving, all of my family comes together in Atlanta to celebrate Thanksgiving as one. We all gather at my cousin’s beautiful home which we all spend the weekend enjoying each others company. Considering we all have our own private lives and things we must accomplish, we do not all make it to Atlanta every year for Thanksgiving.
Usually, my mother, father, brother and I travel to Atlanta on Thanksgiving day, but this year was slightly different. My brother is now a division 1 athlete and he is currently in season and was unable to come home for Thanksgiving this year. Almost a month ago, my father lost his father so he decided to stay in Louisville to comfort my grandmother during this holiday season. Even though the boys could not attend, my mother and I still decided to travel to Atlanta on Thanksgiving day. We flew out of Louisville bright an early in excitement to see family we haven’t seen in almost a year.
Thanksgiving has definitely become one of my favorite holidays as I have aged. At the age of 21, I now value family time and relationships with family more than ever because I now understand the significance. It is always a joy to see family during the holidays. Family members begin to get older, taller, smarter, and it has always been a perk of mine when visiting Atlanta. Thanksgiving also opens up room for family members who typically do not meet in Atlanta every year to be able to come and join in on the family festivities on this holiday.
My family has a few traditions we have upheld for the last few years. After we bless the food and everyone has eaten plenty, we come back together to reflect on the year we have had as a family. We open the floor to anyone who is wanting and willing to speak in front of the family and give updates on how things have been since the last time we had all been together. I usually like to stand up and speak on how blessed I am to have a family like the one I have. I admire the time and memories we make together each and every year and I hope they never end.
We also have another tradition we like to end Thanksgiving night with, which is game night. We usually play one round of the game “Left, right, center” which gets us all in the mood for a family filled game night together. This year we had over 25 people participating in our traditional game night which was very heart warming to say the least. Seeing everyone enjoying each others company in a city we like to call a second home.
This year Thanksgiving made me realize how important it is to keep in touch with family. We tend to look for other sources and outlets to help us with things in life and you never know, one day a family member could be able to answer and assist in a situation you may not have know they could have.