It seems like at every holiday gathering, there’s one thing that stands out from each one that I’ll remember years from the day. Whether it be a small, random memory like helping peel grapes for my aunt’s grape pie, or a memory that the entire family talks about for years, like the dog taking a crap beneath the table, causing everyone to evacuate the dining room, I automatically freeze a moment of those important days to file back in the brain.
I have a feeling that this Thanksgiving’s memory will be the one where my mom and I stood in the kitchen, getting Thanksgiving dinner ready (well, me just helping her) and talking about the China that she’s going to pass down to me:
It’s her grandmother’s from Sweden – the China is actually from Czechoslovakia, both of our heritage – and it’s more than 100 years old.
Even better? The “brand” or name on the bottom of each piece is egaip. That’s basically my name, backwards. Paige. It’s a sign from my great grandma that I never had the pleasure of meeting!
Yesterday wasn’t a huge gathering – just my parents and Shane and I, who were later joined by my big brother and his girlfriend – but it really felt like Thanksgiving, and I was truly thankful for the day.
From the first glass of wine.
To the feast
To the last cup of coffee with pumpkin pie.
And especially, the family:
I love the quote – “The past is good for two things: learning from mistakes, and creating great memories.”
I not only have to remind myself of that quote when I’m being hard on myself for something that happened in the past that I cannot change, but also to truly live in the moment, savoring those special memories, so I can look back on them
And now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, hopefully today will bring a couple good memories, too! I know I said in my survey yesterday that I would absolutely NOT be participating in any Black Friday sales (besides my own!) but I actually think I’m going to head over to our local running store before work this morning. Since I’m taking a little break from strength training, I’ve really been focusing my attention on foam rolling and mobility work.
I’ve had this foam roller for about three years now, and I also use it with clients, so I’m hoping to score a deal on a couple new ones today!
What memory stands out to you from the holidays so far this year?
What’s your favorite holiday?
Mine’s Christmas, by a long shot