Making memories

Danny Brigham and his great-grandmother, Dot Peacock, share a moment on Thanksgiving day.

Growing up, my Thanksgiving holiday was all about family and food.

We do what most large families do. Each of us always brings a signature dish. I don’t get to have them during the year, so I really look forward to most of them. Plus, it’s tradition — even if I don’t like some of the foods.

And then change came.

My family jokingly calls it the “diet Thanksgiving” because it seemed everyone in our family was on a diet and couldn’t eat all those holiday family favorites.

We all had to give something up, and some of us weren’t too excited about that.

The thought of mashed cauliflower replacing our beloved mashed potatoes made others in my family turn up their noses, but after trying it, they realized it is really good.

I regretfully said goodbye to my absolute favorite — the most delicious, but very bad for me, carrot souffle — and welcomed the new, more healthful steamed vegetables.

All kidding aside, the holidays are almost in full swing now and life can become overwhelming for some. For me this is one of the busiest times of the year for my family, and it can be really stressful.

This is a time I use to reflect upon how lucky I am and blessed my life is, no matter what is going on around me.

I try to remind myself that it’s not about the amount of money we can spend on presents or what kinds of food we eat at Thanksgiving. It’s about being thankful for all the wonderful things and special people we have in our lives: our children, our grandparents, our best friends.

That’s what really matters, isn’t it?


Twitter:@shannonbrigham and @Lparentmag

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