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A TIME OF THANKSGIVING DURING THIS CRAZY FAFSA SEASON, I’M GRATEFUL FOR MY TEAM

October 1 is a big day around here. FAFSA applications for the 2018–19 school year go online. The office gets pretty manic as we help all our clients with their paperwork. It also coincides with college admission season, so you can bet October and November are probably our busiest months. I bought fajitas for the whole team on October 1 just to show how grateful I am for their hard work during this season. It’s moments like this that I’m most grateful for our unstoppable staff. We had an awesome year, and it’s all thanks to their dedication. I couldn’t do this by myself. As we finish the last quarter, we’re looking ahead to an even better 2018. We have some big plans. It’s important to reflect from time to time about the ways we’ve been blessed, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do it. On these holidays, we can step back and remember what’s most important. One of those things, for me, is how blessed we are to live in this country. How many other countries do you know that have an entire day devoted to gratitude? Sometimes I think everyone in the U.S. should be required to live somewhere else for a year. We don’t realize just how good we have it here. I lived in what was then the Soviet Union for two years when I was younger. I’ve also lived in South America and Spain. There were some beautiful things about each of those places, but no place is as good to live as the U.S., with our law enforcement, medicine, and free market. I’m so grateful to be here. I love holidays because they remind us that we have things to celebrate — and people to celebrate them with. My family’s Thanksgiving traditions are pretty basic, but it’s almost about the quantity of dinners as much as the quality. All told, we have four Thanksgiving dinners before the weekend is over: with my parents, with her parents, with her other relatives, and then our own family dinner.

It’s fun to see the contrast in families. My family is very prim and proper. We have special dinner sets where you have to pay attention to which glass you’re using for water and which for juice. Heaven forbid you mix them up! My wife’s family is much more laid-back. They have everybody at different card tables with tablecloths, with the football game on the TV screen. I’m on board for just about everything that’s served up on Thanksgiving — everything but the cranberry sauce. My mouth waters just thinking about the turkey, especially with giblet dressing. I wake up on Thanksgiving morning at about 3 a.m. to make fresh tamales to go with the rest of the meal. I hope you get to spend Thanksgiving with people who love and support you as much as my family and friends support me, both at home and at the office. We live in a crazy world, but holidays afford us the opportunity to escape into the warm arms of life’s greatest treasures.

“It’s almost about the quantity of dinners as much as the quality. All told, we have four Thanksgiving dinners before the weekend is over.”

–Bra nnon Lloyd

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