Fri - Nov 23, 2007 : 10:54 am
Well... It came and went yet again.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Yesterday was a day filled with gratitude, family, good food, and fun.
We woke up, got the family ready to go, and we took off for Farmington in my Mustang GT (Hehe... Yup.. We packed a crib, casserole, oreo pie, two kids, and two adults into this wonderful sports car and had a marvelous trip listening to Raffi all the way... Woo hoo!)
Thanksgiving is always a treat at Mom and Dad's house. This year, I was pretty eager to get into the spirit and so I tried to initiate a "let's all talk about how grateful we are", and in so doing, started naming off all the things for which I was grateful, while helping Andrea with her salad by cutting grapes in half.
I talked alone for about 15 minutes.
Then Andrea, after being asked said what she was grateful for, told us a few things and that was that.
I'm not exactly sure why people are afraid to bear their soul a bit and let everyone feel a bit of Thanksgiving Spirit, but evidently... That's a bit too much to ask. But anyway...
We ate a wonderful dinner without too much conversation, and then let the kids run around for a bit while everyone helped clean up.
A little after that, we all sat down and watched a simply wonderful movie called "Hairspray". It came out a little bit ago, but didn't catch my interest at all. I wished after seeing it, that I had spent a little money to see it in the theater. The music was awesome, and the movie was really entertaining. Good stuff. I recommend it.
After that, I decided to go and drive around the memorable places in Farmington, places which were significant to me growing up.
I drove up to Somerset Farms and saw Scott's old house and smiled while remembering how Scott and I got into so much trouble in that house. I remembered Carol, Scott's mom always getting cross at the stupid things we would do, but then how she always welcomed me back in with a smile the next day. The house across the street from his was Jared Peck's old house, too. His parents might still live there, they might not. I let the car idle for a bit or two while Luci slept in the backseat. Lots of good memories came back, and I felt extremely grateful for my rich childhood. A childhood bereft of any abuse or violence or lack of love. Yup... I had a great childhood.
I then went over to my old Highschool - Davis High. I really didn't like highschool at all, but I went there anyway. I barely recognized it. I found the seminary building and remembered a bit of a few experiences I had going to and from seminary and the various classes I had at highschool, and friends I had.....which pretty much meant Scott. :)
I then drove around and got the feeling to go visit Nikki's old house. I resisted a bit, but ended up driving up to Fruit Heights to see what I could see. Amazingly, I found the street with little problem, but evidently, the whole neighborhood had changed. I couldn't find her house! Ah well...
I then drove back home feeling very thankful for so many good memories growing up; memories which many people aren't blessed with, and that makes me even more grateful for em'.
I then went back and spent pretty much the rest of the evening / night trying to get some CDs downloaded and burned for my brother, Greg and his family. That caused me a bit of stress, but I ended up being able to get it all done, and then we drove home while the kids were asleep.
We were almost home when we saw a Del Taco open, and decided to endulge ourselves in the goodness of the chicken soft tacos they sell there. After waiting 20 minutes in the drive-thru lane (which was surprisingly packed), we had our goodies and were on our way home.
We then went to sleep, our tummies full, and at least for me - my heart was definitely full of gratitude for the innumerable blessings given me throughout my entire life.
Blessings which I know were given to me by my wonderful Father in Heaven.
Thank you, Father.
(if you're feeling grateful, please take a moment to jot down in the comments, a few things for which you're grateful! It will definitely make this a more interesting read, and it might also help others realize things with which they've been blessed unknowingly.)