Happy COVID Thanksgiving

Happy COVID Thanksgiving? I don’t know how else to say it.

Every year our family has gathered to celebrateThanksgiving. Everyone brings something and we share with each other all we have to be thankful for. There is always more food than anyone can eat—turkey (sometimes one smoked and one baked), stuffing, cranberries, candied yams and all the rest—ending with pumpkin pie. There is wonderful conversation and an abundance of laughter.I don’t remember a year that I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving with a crowd of family and/or friends.

Not this year.

This year we will maintain social distancing. My sons will do their own thing and so will Jack and I. It will still be a celebration but not surrounded by family. I’m not happy about it but neither do I consider it an earth-shaking dilemma. Thanksgiving is about gratitude, and not about what we have to eat or with whom we eat.

How do we celebrate a COVID Thanksgiving safely?

According to USC Davis Health, there are precautions that you should take if you plan to gather to celebrate the day. These are:

Keep your gathering small and keep precautions in place.   The CDC says that up to 60 percent of COVID-19 transmission come from people who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. Because you are with your closest family and friends does not mean that no one can convey the virus.

Keep it outside. A small outdoor Thanksgiving meal will have decent air flow to help dilute the virus, and there is plenty of room for 6 feet or more of social distancing. This may not be possible in areas that are cold and have ice and snow. But if you live in a warmer climate, this may be your answer.

Have a Virtual Celebration

Suggestions for how to add some energy to a virtual Thanksgiving are everywhere. It starts with getting your Thanksgiving family and friends to simply eat dinner together virtually. Here are a few other suggestions:

  • Share a recipe beforehand, then all make the same dish.
  • If you live near your family and friends, prepare and deliver a dish before the meal, like a pie, and eat together.
  • Go around the virtual room telling what you’re thankful for.

Get Creative and stay safe Ask yourself and your family members if getting together for Thanksgiving is worth the risk and plan accordingly.

So what are we grateful for on COVID Thanksgiving?

I find that question somewhat amusing because there is so much to be grateful for. And yet I understand the trauma many Americans have experienced this year. They have lost loved ones, experienced serious illness and its aftereffects, closed business, and lost jobs. It has been, to put it mildly, a hellacious year. I can’t speak for you. I can only talk about what I am grateful for so here goes.

Being Alive

Jack and I are in our 80s and we both have some health challenges. But here we are, alive and well (as well as 80-year-olds can be, that is).  We are able to take care of ourselves, our home, and Smarty, our dog. Many our age can’t say that even without COVID-19. We are careful to wear clean masks when we go out and we are faithful and diligent hand-washers. We have stayed sequestered and still enjoy each other’s company. (We consider this a borderline miracle). Every day I am grateful for life. In these days life is, indeed, fragile.

Family and Friends

Parents, children, grandchildren! Fiends! Each one so very special in my family. My grandparents and parents have not been with us for a very long time and I have moved into the place for the “elders.” It seems strange to me  to be in this position. Now I get to bring the cranberries and, perhaps the sweet potatoes, and I get to sit and enjoy all that is going on. Often thee are friends that we have know since my boys, now almost fifty, were in grade school. The grandsons are all grown except two who are now in High School. Each person is so precious and I cherish the time I can spend with them This year we will do it virtually. I am so grateful for my family and all those wonderful friends.

Technology That Provides Connection with Others

Smartphones, tablets, and computers have made it possible to keep in touch face-to-face. There used to be long distance calls and each one took their time on the phone with the family member who was away. Sometimes the call lasted over an hour. Now we can all get on the call on Skype or Zoom or some other device that I probably don’t know about yet. Until the advent of the pandemic, I was unaware of just how much technology has helped us. I’m sure there are places where everyone will sit texting instead of visiting, but to be able to call someone and see them makes social distancing much more bearable. Thank you to all you Geeks everywhere.

This Blog—Something I Love To Do That Keeps Me Busy

My son Christopher built this blog for me in 2007 when WordPress was still young. He was building blogs for other people and thought I should have one, too. I had just retired and was ready to start something new. He was the one that suggested Self-Improvement as a topic and it felt right. Now, thirteen years later, it’s still growing and I have friends and readers all over the world. I never dreamed it would be so rewarding and so much fun. Thank you to each of you who come here. I am deeply grateful for you.

There is so much more that I could list here. I have had and still experience such a full and interesting life.  I have had some wonderful experiences and met so many enchanting people. And 2020 let me experience my first Pandemic. I must say that I understand Pandemic now and it’s time for it to go. But this little bug is lingering and is changing the way we do many things.

And so I wish you “Happy COVID Thanksgiving!”





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