It was only after posting yesterday's article that I realized today was Thanksgiving. Growing up in a communist country, rather than hear about pilgrims and Indians, turkey and pumpkin pie, in my younger years I heard about capitalism being a bane on society, and how communism would be the remedy. Even as a Christian family, in a communist country, where persecution was open and obvious, we had much to be thankful for.
After being deported from Romania, and having arrived on American soil, my mother took to American holidays, like a duck to water. It wasn't so much celebrating a holiday for her, as having an excuse to cook big meals, and have the whole family sit down and enjoy a dinner together. So, Valentine's day, April fool's day, even the day when you spring forward or fall back an hour, were enough of a celebration for my mother to inform the family, that she was making a special dinner.
Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving was her favorite, and she went all out. In the first few years, when money was beyond tight, I remember going to the store with her, and her having to put items back because she didn't have enough money to pay for all of it, but somehow she always made due, and managed to make world class meals on a shoestring budgets.
I miss those times, since the closest to a thanksgiving dinner me and the wife will be having today, is smoked turkey breast sandwiches. Neither of us inherited the cooking gene from our mothers, and so the overflowing tables, with a wide range of aromas, are a fond memory of times past.
In the end, today is not about the turkey, or about the pumpkin pie, it is about taking some time out and enjoying one's family, it is about taking a break from the hectic race that this life has become and realize, we have much to be thankful for. Those things for which we should give God thanks, as His children, have very little if anything at all to do with the material, but have everything to do with the hope, peace, joy and love He birthed in our hearts when we came to know His Son.
And so, I bid you all a happy thanksgiving, and may you truly give thanks for all the visible, and invisible blessings He has bestowed upon you and yours. Tomorrow we continue our journey toward our eternal home, for now I will let you return to the turkey, and the stuffing, and the cranberry sauce. I have to go and toast some bread to make my sandwiches as well. Don't feel too bad for me, I gave in and bought the snooty mustard. It is a special day after all.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.