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GIVING THANKS WHAT I’M GRATEFUL FOR
As I write, the weather is finally beginning to cool off, though I expect we’ll still be seeing plenty of folks in shorts well into December. It’s hard to believe the holidays are right around the corner. But just as the pilgrims made the journey to Plymouth Rock and celebrated a Thanksgiving feast, our family will pile into the car and make our own pilgrimage this holiday season. Well, okay — we won’t be crossing the Atlantic Ocean on the Mayflower. But we will be spending plenty of time with relatives on both sides of the family this year, which means lots of time on the open road. Thankfully, our boys are great at road trips, despite the fact that we limit their device use. My wife and I want to do our best to limit their screen time, especially when they’re young. Jude and Luke are more than content to chat with us, draw in their coloring books, or just stare out the window and let the pastures and bayous put them to sleep. “Whether it’s laughter around the dinner table, cheering on the Saints as they take on the Falcons, or bonding with the kids on the drive home, the fact we’ll all be doing it together is what makes this time of year so special.” The Smiley family pilgrimage is worth it though. Seeing relatives from near and far is always a great time, especially for the kids. My sister has a boy and a girl just a bit older than our boys, and my wife’s brother has three kids of his own who are around the same age. So, no matter which side of the family we’re having Thanksgiving with, our kids always have cousins they can run around and play with. We adults will usually join in the fun too, tossing the football around just like I remember doing when I was a kid. Of course, my main Thanksgiving memories revolve around eating way too much food, and that hasn’t changed a bit. I like all the standard fixings, from the stuffing and potatoes to cranberry sauce and
pumpkin pie. But nothing tops my dad’s deep-fried turkey. We take the bird outside, of course, and keep a fire extinguisher at the ready, but that crackling bird packed with Cajun spice is well worth all the extra preparation. But more than the food or football games in the yard, the real magic of Thanksgiving is in the time we get to spend with family. Whether it’s laughter around the dinner table, cheering on the Saints as they take on the Falcons, or bonding with the kids on the drive home, the fact we’ll all be doing it together is what makes this time of year so special. It’s a time when you’re able to reflect on the people in your life and how much they mean to you. I am so incredibly lucky to have such loving family members to spend time with over the holidays. I’m grateful that my parents are in good health, my boys are growing into fine young men, and I’ve been able to raise them together with my wonderful wife. From friends and family to my incredible team at the firm, I’m blessed to have such meaningful relationships in my life.
From our family to yours, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
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