Happy Thanksgiving

Glancing outside, I can see that most of my neighbors decided not to hit the roads for the holiday. My wife and I went with that option as well. She’s actually working a few hours today.

The headlines predicted lower volume on the roads for Thanksgiving. This economy. We’ll have a nice cozy thanksgiving together. I’m just used to a bigger turnout on holidays.

We’ll probably stay here for Christmas too. We saw everybody during the wedding, and I personally am out of vacation days and spendable cash etc...etc...

I spent Christmas of 2006 alone actually. And it felt unnatural. Luckily, that’s the only time I ever did that. I’ve always been lucky enough to have family around for Christmas. But in 2006, some plans fell through at a point when it was pretty much too late to try to come up with new travel anywhere, and I ended up being here in Florida alone on Christmas. My wife was in Virginia with her mom and brother. I have a sister and a subsequent branch of family in Virginia too, and I have a sister and a subsequent branch of family in North Carolina as well. But for Christmas 2006, I was going to hook up with my nephew, who was living a couple hours north in Ocala, Florida...but it kinda never happened...his plans got all jacked up.

It was weird being alone on Christmas. I would just go for these long drives. There were bars open with people in them. But I didn’t stop in. I drove by...they had their doors propped open. It was really warm that night. Early in the day we had one of our weird winter-time tornados. It ripped through the forest north of my my place in Eustis., I was going somewhere with all of this, but now I can’t remember where that was (why do I do that).

I guess: just...have some happy holidays, and if you’re with people, enjoy their company...and if you’re alone, maybe there’s a bar that’s open...that you can drive by. You could go in too.


foam said...

yes, it would be weird beling alone over the holidays. we are so conditioned to the expectation of family togetherness. i've always been lucky in that regard.
anyway, i hope you had a nice thanksgiving and may you have a great christmas season.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

I was alone once for the holidays and it was kinda depressing.. No bars opened till noon and I had no cash on hand.. so I watched movies and hung out with my cat.. The good old days of being single.. I don't miss those days..

laura b. said...

Staying in, just the two of you, sounds very good. Hope you had a delicious day.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I prefer "alone time" ... that is ... if it's with family. Hope your holidays were wonderful.

Tara said...

I have yet to spend a Thanksgiving or Christmas alone. I may have spent New Year's Eve alone, but that was okay.