Today is Thanksgiving. A day to remember what and, more importantly, who we’re thankful for. A day to watch Santa welcome in Christmas alongside giant balloons and Broadway dancers in New York city. A day to gorge ourselves into a turkey-induced sleep coma. All of which I will take part in.
One thing I love about Thanksgiving is how my kids have started to make their own memories. Audrey loves to wake up early and watch the parade with me. She never eats breakfast because she wants to have that much more room in her belly for turkey and mashed potatoes. Austen will sleep in, but will be 100% focused on family and potatoes once he is awake. Autumn has already placed her hot chocolate order so she can sip along with me on the couch before everyone else is up.
My kids have great relationships and friendships with each other. Of course they have their moments where they fight, disagree, argue. In fact, sometimes it feels like that’s the norm. It’s not, but when they’re all at each other, because they out number us parents 2 to 1, it’s a lot. But at the end of the day they love each other and know how to show it. In fact, they have started telling each other “I love you.”
I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, I NEVER said that to my siblings. Of course I loved them. I still do. But the fighting between me and my younger sister was more present than it wasn’t. I remember my mom sometimes crying over us because we fought so much. I never would’ve imagined how my relationship with my sister would turn out as it has.
Michelle, my two-year younger sister, is now one of my best friends. She loves my kids the way I love my kids. She supports me, loves me, and is always available if I need her. Michelle has a lot going on in her own life. She is a single mom of two kids and works in the legal department for one of the countries largest companies. She is strong, courageous, brave, and someone I would put on a pedestal. Yes, my sister IS better than your sister.
But what I love most about my sister is that she is my sister. We will always have each other and for that I am thankful. We’ve gone through a lot together in the last few years, but we have a stronger relationship, friendship, than I could have ever dreamed. Michelle, I want you to know just how much I love you and how much I cherish our friendship. This year at Thanksgiving I am thankful for you!