WARM BLANKET OF YAMS The Best Part of Thanksgiving Marines we hosted for Thanksgiving last year, an annual tradition for the Barnett family Case with football player Vince Ferragamo
O f all the Thanksgiving traditions my family had when I was growing up, my favorite was the Thanksgiving Turkey Bowl. We were a big football family, and when we weren’t watching the Thanksgiving game on TV, we were outside playing flag football. I remember how nice it was to get outside and throw the ball around. It was super fun, and I was pretty good at it. A lot of people play football on Thanksgiving, but my family’s Thanksgiving football games were a little different because two of our players were professionals. My sister’s godfather is Vince Ferragamo, quarterback for the then Los Angeles Rams. It was through Vince that our family met Jackie Slater, who played offensive line for the Rams. Vince and Jackie would join all the kids in our flag football game on Thanksgiving morning. It was an amazing experience. I can’t say we have professional athletes joining us for the holiday anymore, but I still look forward to Thanksgiving morning. I love the smell of Thanksgiving and the way the scent of cooking food drifts from the kitchen through the whole house. It’s like being wrapped in a warm blanket of candied yams. With that smell comes the excitement of family coming to visit. Finn and Harlow are always so excited for their grandparents to come over. I really love the happiness and excitement of the door opening and everyone showing up to spend the day together. We get to celebrate a lot of great family holidays, but Thanksgiving is my favorite. Christmas is great, but I know the kids can get really focused on the presents, so the gifts become distractions. Thanksgiving doesn’t have that layer. Instead, it’s a day to truly focus on family and warmth. There are so many things I’m thankful for this year. My family is at the top of that list (surprising no one), but this month, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for my firm and all of our amazing clients. Our team is made up of
We get to celebrate a lot of great family holidays, but Thanksgiving is my favorite.
Case playing football with his dad
some of the most dedicated, intelligent, and hardworking people I have ever met, and the clients we work with are some of the most amazing people. I am beyond thankful for the opportunities that having the firm provides. It allows us to do a lot of good within our community. The firm also grants me an amazing amount of flexibility to spend time with my family. Earlier this fall, my family was able to take a last-minute trip to Hawaii. It was completely unplanned and something we desperately needed. Finn has been sick for a long time, and this trip marked a new beginning of hope and healing for us. I recognize how privileged we are to be able to take that kind of trip, and I am so grateful to the firm for giving me the flexibility to be with my family when they need me.
I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you have plenty to be thankful for and enjoy a wonderful day of good food and great company.
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