Slice of Life Tuesday is hosted by Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers
Back to school after the Thanksgiving break...a grey and cold November morning. My kids look sleepy, a bit confused that we are back to classwork and homework and projects and such. One, in particular, also looks sad. As we move from one period to the next, his mood does not lift. Concerned, because he is usually a rambunctious sort of kid, I catch him on his way out the door to lunch. Normally, he is the first bounding out of the door, but today he moves reluctantly.
John, I ask, is everything alright? He pauses, thinks, and, just as I prepare to hear of some terrible news, he says, I guess I just miss the Thanksgiving togetherness. Thanksgiving togetherness? I ask, somewhat mystified. Yeah...you know, when everyone is in one place. He went on to explain that he had had a cousin home on leave from Afghanistan, his aunt and uncle in from California, and his grandparents down from Maine. Plus his big sister was home from college and his best friend from fifth grade was back in town after having moved away to Florida. We're never all together anymore...so I guess I'm missing that Thanksgiving togetherness, he said, shuffling out the door.
I thought about my own family - kids and brothers and nieces and nephews and parents and cousins scattered all over the world...and started to long for that Thanksgiving togetherness myself...