Emery Law Office November 2018

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GAMES, GRATITUDE, ANDGOOD TIMES WHY THANKSGIVING IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY A few times each week , Steve Damron, an attorney here at Emery Law Office, brings me a diet lemonade. I never asked him to do it; he simply noticed that I enjoy the beverage and got in the habit of bringing me one. It’s not a grand gesture, but I’m so grateful for it. Steve saw that a little kindness could have a big impact on me, and he acted on it. It’s one of the many qualities that makes him an excellent attorney and a compassionate coworker. I relay this story because I think it’s aligned with the spirit of Thanksgiving. Over the years, other holidays have become heavily commercialized, forcing you to cut through the noise to get at the true meaning of the day. Thanksgiving hasn’t been totally immune to the trend — just ask the retail employees who have to start their Black Friday shifts before the turkey is cold — but the actual event itself remains pure. There’s no pressure to buy the coolest present or throw the grandest party. Instead, it’s all about spending time with loved ones and expressing your gratitude in personal ways. To me, it’s the perfect embodiment of the holiday spirit. In my family, Thanksgiving is always a weekend for playing games and laughing. Much like the late 18th century celebrations, we also take several days to eat together and be thankful. Throughout the weekend, which we spend with my extended family in St. Louis, you can always find a few of us playing a game of some sort. We’re working together to battle a deadly outbreak in Pandemic, competing against each other to scoop the next pot in poker, or downloading Trivia Crack on our phones to see who possesses the most useless knowledge. In between gaming sessions, you might find me bingeing on those cheesy Hallmark movies, much to the nausea of my children. Another one of our family traditions during Thanksgiving is to create a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, a program created by the Samaritan’s Purse charity. The program asks people to fill shoe boxes with small gifts, candy, and other items, which are then sent to needy children

throughout the world. It helps make a young person’s holiday season a little brighter, and it’s a great way for us to give back as a family. We’ve been doing it since I was a little girl, and I hope the tradition continues for many generations to come. Of course, Thanksgiving also involves plenty of eating, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t give some recognition to my dad’s smoked turkey. In the rare instances when I’ve eaten somebody else’s turkey on Thanksgiving, it’s never measured up to his. I’m also particularly fond of our family’s pretzel jello salad and corn flake potatoes, though some of you may know them as funeral potatoes. As I look back on what I’m thankful for this year, I have to express my gratitude to our incredible team and clients. It’s taken a while, but I really do feel like we have a dream team at Emery Law Office. Similarly, I get to serve the greatest clients in the world. The chance to hear your stories and help you through difficult times is something I’ll never take for granted. I hope you have the chance to spend a relaxing Thanksgiving with your loved ones this year. And, like Steve, I hope you find a way to spread the Thanksgiving spirit no matter the time of year. -Melissa Emery

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