Gilbert Physical Therapy November 2017

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Thanksgiving, the MillironWay

W hen I was growing up, my family celebrated Thanksgiving in a nearly traditional way. We ate a turkey dinner, we watched football, and we ate pie, but the biggest difference was the way in which the meal was prepared. Most families owe all credit to the women of the house for preparing Thanksgiving dinner, but it was actually my dad who was the champion of the kitchen during Thanksgiving. My parents loved having extended family over for Thanksgiving, and my dad loved cooking for hordes of people. He actually cooked every big meal when I was a kid, and I didn’t realize how abnormal that was until we visited other families for Thanksgiving dinner. Watching my dad in the kitchen during Thanksgiving was

like watching an artist mold a sculpture. He made everything from

scratch, and his homemade stuffing was to die for. Eventually, my dad taught me how to cook big holiday meals, and now I enjoy helping out with Thanksgiving dinner. You should have seen the look on my mother-in-law’s face the first time she saw me cooking. It was priceless! Our whole family loved my dad’s cooking, and after we ate together and cleaned up the dishes, pie was served in front of the TV so we could all watch football. My family is way too competitive to play a football game of our own, so we just have to enjoy the games on TV. However, we do like to break out our board games after football is over. Pictionary is my go-to.

My favorite Thanksgiving memory, of course,

has to do with my dad. I remember waking up when I was a little kid to the smell of the turkey my dad had seasoned and started slow cooking at midnight. I don’t know if there’s anything better than waking up to the smell of that meal cooking. Funny enough, my dad never bought a turkey under 20 pounds, and I was actually kind of scared of it when I was little! My son, Liam, is 1 year old now, so he will be a little more active this Thanksgiving. I am really looking forward to this celebration since my brother and his wife, who live in North Carolina, are coming home for an extended period of time. We are going to treat their five-day vacation like an early Christmas, and I am really looking forward to Liam getting to spend quality time with his aunt and uncle. The easiest way for me to express gratitude is to verbalize my appreciation for those I love. I think it’s important to say “thank you,” and to reciprocate acts of kindness and generosity. To me, actions speak louder than words, and the ultimate expression of gratitude is through kind deeds. I am thankful for my family and our health. I am thankful that I have a home and a great job, and that we have peace in our lives. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and we will see you soon. – Jon Milliron

Liam loving his first Thanksgiving

Liam eating his fingers for Thanksgiving | 1

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