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11.21.2005

Thanksgiving Thought

I don't know why I like this week so much. Perhaps because, for me, it is so nostalgic.

I am now in my early forties (sheesh). But, despite the passage of all those years, on Thanksgiving I will have the remarkable sensation of sitting down for dinner in the same house, in the same room, and in the same chair that I have celebrated Thanksgiving in since I could first walk.

And I always remember, as I sit down, that I was in this special place as a second grader, as a junior high kid, as a senior in high school, as I a college kid, as a law school student, as a bright eyed guy entering the work force, as a DA, as an ex-DA, and whatever it is I have now become.

 As I said, I like this week.

17 comments:

comment4U said...

That was incredibly pleasant to read, Barry. The romantic nostalgia of belonging, of having roots, is nothing to be undervalued. Good for you--may you have a terrific week! I envy your place in that chair--for most of us, the place settings have moved on, and it's rather sad.

Condoleesa said...

I like it too but I have spent Thanksgiving in many different places. Now, I am just happy to stay home and cook. I like cooking Thanksgiving and having the house smell good all day.

My parents still live in the house I was born in but I haven't had Thanksgiving there in over 20 years. My mother never could get a turkey done so I don't miss it that much.

Anonymous said...

When I was 24, my daughter went to kindergarden and she was in the exact room in the same campus building I had been.The campus over by the original football field. Not many people can say that. My daughter thought that was kewl (me too).Thanks for sharing your thanksgiving memories.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 9:14 on the envy part. both my parents are now gone (I am in my early 50's) and I envy your being able to celebrate with yours. enjoy them while you have them!

Anonymous said...

This is definitely one of the best posts I've seen on here lately!

Anonymous said...

Families who have the kind of upbringing you did Barry, will carry on that tradition.

A good family is one of the richest blessings of all.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Barry, enjoy your parents even though their eyes sometime "glaze over".

Anonymous said...

Is there anyway to shed traditions? I have raked those dang leaves at grandma's house since I was old enough to hold the rake......I emailed grandma a recipe and she actually responded with....got the rake ready for you.
I think it's time to show my kids how to rake, and I'll take a nap this time with all the old folks!

Anonymous said...

This was a wonderful post Barry! This will be my first Thanksgiving at my house so I'm excited but a part of me still wishes I could go back to my parents house year after year! It is a very nice tradition and I'm very glad that you never let go of that!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your parents, Barry while you still have them. My Dad died in 1995, before then, our family spent Thanksgiving at Mom and Dad's house. Now, we spend it at a different house each year. Don't get me wrong, our family still has a sweet, sweet, time...but, gosh, I miss my Dad and all those Thanksgiving memories with him! Thank you, Barry, for a wonderful, positive post.

Anonymous said...

I agree that was a very pleasant blog to read, I always knew there was a sentimental side to you. You should show it more often! But then again you like to surprise everyone and I admit I do go to the blog everyday!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awwwwwh...you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving Barry!


I'm happy knowing I don't have to cook this year!

natasha8boris said...

Lucky you!

Anonymous said...

kill me now...(gun shot to the head, body dropping to the floor, silence)

Anonymous said...

How right you are, Barry. Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

No one else will ever see you with the rose colored glasses your parents wear. That is something to treasure.

Anonymous said...

But like me, there will still be at least two empty seats that were filled when we were young.
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