Thursday, November 28, 2013



I am grateful and privileged to have my blog day land on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It is spent with family that gathers from all over the country, extended family, friends brought in by family.  We usually have 50-60+ people for dinner, and rent the VFW hall.  Everyone helps cook.  Everyone helps clean up.

When we started gathering like this, over thirty years ago, we kept a box by the door, marked “ego check”.  No matter what differences you had with others, you dropped your ego by the door and entered without it, spending time celebrating the day and the family.

No arguments (although plenty of lively discussions).  No guilt trips, no bullying, no judgement.

Just a celebration of each other.

People have joined us over the years.  People have left -- sometimes through moving, sometimes through death.

But the spirit of the day endures.

I give thanks for all of you, who are beside me on this journey every month.  Please know that I am grateful for your presence, your friendship, your wisdom.  You matter.

Blessings for a wonderful Thanksgiving and a joyful holiday season to you and yours.

--Annabel Aidan is a full-time writer, publishing under multiple names.  Her romantic suspense novel, ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT, is available from Champagne Books.  Visit her webpage:


Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Blessings to you, too.

Liz Fountain said...

I love the "ego box." Sounds good for use year-round. All the best!

Anonymous said...

Weird how all families suffer from some bitter fiction. Talked to three dozen friends and all heir holidays end with distant stares and arguments including mine. Like the box by the door idea.