Thanks For Nothing-Giving

I've never been a great fan of Thanksgiving. I don't hate it, but I consider it to be the most blah and boring of holidays. If Thanksgiving was a television event, it would be a political speech...long, drawn-out, and sleep-inducing. Also, the weather usually sucks, turkey never tastes that good regardless of what you do to it, and once dinner is over...that's it. Time for a nap on the couch. But there is something to be said for a day of lethargy, with those you love (maybe.) Perhaps it is because I am never trusted with the cooking part, but it is a low-stress holiday for me. Maybe I'm spoiled, but all I really have to do is show up. I have no responsibilities other than eating and pretending to like whatever I am shoving in my mouth.

I have a completely different experience of Thanksgiving than my poor Mom, who spends days obsessing over the perfect menu, cooking 75 sides, and generally running around like a lunatic. The woman is so stressed out that Thanksgiving is less like a holiday than a desperate race against time. I have a feeling that many moms are in the same situation this holiday season, and it makes me grateful that I am not one. I can't imagine having any fun under those circumstances-and to top it all off, she doesn't even drink!

So this year, I would like to give thanks that I have nothing at all to do with the setup or preparation for Thanksgiving. (I'm sure my family would also like to give thanks for that, and for being saved from the inevitable bout of gastrointestinal distress that would have followed.) I give thanks that I can sit on my lazy ass and watch while my mother slaves over a 30 pound turkey, refusing any help from me or my equally culinary-challenged siblings.

Above all, I am thankful that I have a mother not only willing to do this, but happy to do it-because it means that her family is all together in the same house, for at least a day. And that, my friends, is the true meaning of Thanksgiving. I wish you all a wonderful, happy holiday!

And now for the shameless self-promotion: after Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, and Healing Point Therapeutics is jumping on that bandwagon. This weekend, all treatments will be 20% off. So stuff your face, and then come see me to take care of that Thanksgiving bloat!