This is only the second ever Thanksgiving that I have spent away from my family; however, this is the first year that I’ve had to spend Thanksgiving alone. The first time I was away from family on Thanksgiving, I was managing a Dominos Pizza restaurant, so I had the company of my employees. We made our own Thanksgiving potluck and had a good time, despite having to be inside a pizza restaurant (which was mostly dead all day long) on Thanksgiving.
This year, I’m 800 miles away from all of my family and close friends, and I’m planning on just making dinner for myself. On the menu is marinated chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Guest stars include Madonna, Britney, Christina, Katy, and Kelly (more may show up depending on which direction Spotify goes). I was pretty bummed out the closer Thanksgiving got, knowing that there were other staff memners sticking around that had all made plans together, having conveniently left me out of the planning; however, I’ve come to accept that I’m somehow different from them and just don’t fit in with their idea of what a friend is.
Still, on Thanksgiving, even alone, I still have a lot to be thankful for. I have a pretty awesome family back home that is celebrating this day and wishes I was there from 800 miles away. I have some of the best friends in the world that knew I was going to be alone and have been talking to and texting me to keep me company My best friend, Rob, even talked about how pissed he was on my behalf that my co-workers had made plans and left me out of them. It’s cool, though. I’d rather NOT be around them anyway if I’m unwanted.
Moral of the story: Yes, I’m alone and making a solo dinner on Thanksgiving; however, I’m thankful that I have a place to make that dinner, I have family and friends that are thinking about me today, and there are people that don’t even that have much. There are stores that are going to be open today that are making their employees work instead of being home with their loved ones, and I’m off today. There are soldiers overseas that don’t get to be home with their families but have to put their lives on the line. I’m alone, but safe. There are people out there that just don’t have anywhere to go at all.
There’s always something to be grateful for, and I think that sometimes I forget that. Even if I don’t have the friendship and support that I ultimately want here in North Carolina, I know that I have more important people that love and support me back home, which is why I’m doing everything I can to get a job back there and get out of here. I’ll be home for Christmas, and I’ll be surrounded by people there that care.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
PS: Please forgive any typos or grammar errors. My friends Mike, Smirnoff, and Burnett also made guest appearances today. 🙂