Thanksgiving has never been a favorite holiday of mine. 95% of my adult thanksgiving days were spent alone in the kitchen - first, cooking and then cleaning. Don't get me wrong. I really like to entertain but there is just too much pressure on thanksgiving.
Last year I spent with my son and his family in Tokyo. That was a wonderful day! Unfortunately, when I returned home two days later I learned that my supervisor of seven years had died. I came back too late to attend her memorial service.
In 2010 I spent Thanksgiving in ICU at Memorial Hospital with my former husband. That was the worse one ever. 2011 was bittersweet. My ex was back home but was quadriplegic. Life was so difficult then.
I was very optimistic this year. My man friend and my son wanted to do the cooking. It still was a lot of work for me - getting things organized and cleaning up. It was a wonderful gathering of friends and family. The food and company was great but the tension was very high. That was unfortunate.
Today, Black Friday, is a much better day for giving thanks. I am grateful that another thanksgiving holiday is over and done.