NOVEMBER 2018 WOODLYN WORD
A Family Thanksgiving
MANY TRADITIONS IN THE SEASON OF THANKS
Every Thanksgiving, when the in-laws come to visit, my father- in-law brings his tractor. Our house is surrounded by trees, and we take care of all the leaves that have fallen into our yard during the week they’re in town. Well, I say “we.” Even though he’s 81 years old, my father-in-law always insists on doing the job himself. No matter how many times I tell him to wait for me so I can help, I’ll come home after work that Wednesday and find that he’s almost done. I wouldn’t call this a holiday tradition, but it does happen every year. For 20 years now, my in-laws have been coming to visit us for Thanksgiving. There was one year shortly after my son was
After everyone recovers from the post-feast exhaustion, my kids go off to hang out with their friends, and my wife and mother-in-law
brave the crowds of Black Friday to do some Christmas shopping. Meanwhile, I have work in the morning, so I’ll be in bed by 10, sleeping soundly with a belly full of turkey and pie. Getting up for work after eating all day on Thanksgiving doesn’t sound like the best time, but I am honestly thankful for the opportunity.
born when we traveled out of town to visit them. As anyone who has traveled with small children can attest to, that trip turned out to be a stressful disaster. Every year since, the family has come down here to visit for the holidays instead. Today, in addition to having the in-laws come to visit, I also look forward to having my kids come home from college. Having the family together is my favorite part of Thanksgiving, with overeating the big dinner coming in at a close second. There isn’t a bad dish on the table at Thanksgiving, but I have to praise my wife’s incredible sweet potatoes. First she fries them, and then she covers them in brown sugar and butter and lets them simmer in the slow cooker all day. Those sweet potatoes are so good, they literally melt in your mouth.
It has been a lot of work to get the business running, and I’m thankful to have the clinic and all my clients who support me. It’s a wonderful thing to wake up in the morning and go to work somewhere I enjoy being. I love being able to help people take care of their health. I am fortunate that everyone in my family is in good health this year, and I’m proud to be there to help others improve their health so they might better enjoy the time they spend with their own families. I want to wish everyone reading this a happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy good food, good company, and have plenty of things to be thankful for in your own life.
“HAVING THE FAMILY
TOGETHER IS MY FAVORITE PART OF THANKSGIVING, WITH OVEREATING THE BIG DINNER COMING IN AT A CLOSE SECOND.”
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