Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I hope everyone has a great day and you get to spend some quality time with your children and family. Here at Brand New Papa, I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year. I’m going to have my wife’s family and some of my family over. I’m making a turkey using Alton Brown’s recipe, which is always phenomenal. I’ve made it several times.
It’s been a tough year for my family here at Brand New Papa.
My wife and I went through an early labor scare. My brother-in-law lost his job (and is still looking for one). My father-in-law had a heart attack and needed a triple bypass. My wife had a bad case of the baby blues. Recently, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. She had a mastectomy, and is starting chemo next week. I just found out my aunt has lymphoma and started chemo this week.
We still have a lot of reasons to be thankful.
My wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She has been extremely healthy, after her initial hospital stay. They thought she had an infection. I graduated from Ohio State University with my master’s degree. My dad got engaged (will be his third wife, but we’re still happy for him). My father-in-law and mother-in-law both recovered quickly and are back at full strength from their surgeries. I have a job that pays well, a house, running water, indoor plumbing, a beautiful family, and we can afford to have a Thanksgiving day feast. There is so much good in our lives, it can be overwhelming.
I traveled to Tanzania about two years ago to volunteer at an orphanage. That really put things into perspective for me. You don’t know struggle until you’ve been to Africa. Those people have it hard hard hard. You can’t even put it into words. No indoor plumbing, no clean water, no transportation, little food, it is mind blowing. We’ve all seen those TV ads where you can adopt a child in Africa….they don’t do the struggle justice. If you have never been, and you can afford to go, you should go volunteer somewhere. Make it a priority. It will make you eternally grateful for the things and people you have in your life.
I’ll leave you a dad joke from President Obama, honoring all the turkey’s we are going to eat today.
“I want to take a moment to recognize the brave turkeys who weren’t so lucky. Who didn’t get to ride the gravy train to freedom. Who met their fate with courage and sacrifice and proved that they weren’t chicken.”
So, I’m done ranting on. Have a great Thanksgiving!
-Brand New Papa