I’ve been wanting to write about Movember for the past couple of weeks now, but my hands have been so busy scratching my face, I haven’t been able to type that fast. Also, because my beard looks horrible after a couple of weeks, I’m fairly jaded with the beard aspect of Movember. So I’m going to write about Thanksgiving instead.
I’ll be spending this thanksgiving alone. I just got my first full-time job in 4 years. And unfortunately, I have to work on Thanksgiving this year and my wife is going to see her family in Minnesota. And yes, it sucks for all of the obvious reasons. But it’s also something I’m secretly looking forward to (well not so secretly since this is on the internet).
Why it Sucks
No family. I won’t be around the people I’m thankful for. I can’t relive my favorite memories with relatives and create new ones. I won’t be able to meet new relatives. And I won’t be able to gossip about my least favorite relatives with my most favorite ones.
No coma inducing amount of food. This is the worst part. No sweet potatoe pie. No stuffing. No mac and cheese.
Why I’m “not-so” Secretely Looking Forward to it
I’ll be alone. Usually, the holiday season for my family includes around 24 hours or more of travel for us. We’re either driving 12 hours one way to North Carolina or 6 hours one way to Minnesota. Then once we get to our destination we’re driving at least 4-5 extra hours to see more friends and family around the state. This Holiday season however, I’m pumped to be stationary.
I’m excited about eating less food. I usually end Thanksgiving weekend looking more like a stuffed Turkey than the one I ate. There’s so much food, and it “usually” all looks and tastes amazing. And because I don’t like to waste food I end up eating way more than I should. So this turkey day, I’ll most likely cook one of my favorite meals (pretty much anything deep fried) and be content without the extra calories.
Lastly, it will definitely suck to be home alone on a holiday. But as active dads, alone time is something that we rarely see. And when we do, it’s usually while we’re cleaning, cutting the grass, or fixing something around the house. Even after the kids go to sleep we’re usually exhausted and only have a couple hours before it’s time for bed. So what I’m looking forward to more than anything is the day or two that I’ll have some quiet free time to myself. It’s really hard to see the picture from inside the frame. So instead of getting annoyed with my wife and son after 12 hours of being in the car with them, I’ll be at home reflecting on how much I’m grateful to have them in my life.
Wishing everyone safe tavels this holiday season!