| 11/15/2017 9:59:00 AM

Tags: holiday, holidays, Thanksgiving, Missouri, Mel Boone,

Mel Boone 

This time of year brings back past memories of the holidays. As a kid, I knew that I was thankful for family, although it was in a way difficult for me to show it at times. My parents divorced when I was only 5 years old, so every year I experienced the same arguments of which parent would get me on which holiday. I would be glad to be with one, but on the inside, I would be sad to no be with the other.

I don't remember being close to any of my family. Neither parent was really well off financially, so I always felt like I had this "I'm the poor kid" sign on my back. I do remember certain family members looking down their noses at me, although I'm not sure that they really realized it or not.

Being older now, I believe that you don't have to be related by blood to consider someone as family. I have made some dear friends over the years that I care for so very much. It is those people who I am grateful for this Thanksgiving. They love and accept me for me and don't expect me to change. I don't think I could ever put into words what that means to me.

Thanksgiving day won't be a big day for me. Just a small meal with a few people. Who knows, maybe we will forget the thanksgiving turkey this year and go to the Chinese restaurant instead. Saving the turkey for Christmas will be fine with me. I don't mind doing something different.

Perhaps for dessert, I will make the pumpkin pie. Of course, if I use my grandmothers recipe, there will be bourbon in it. The secret ingredient that no one can identify but loves so much.

11/23/2017 8:23:15 AM

Mel, thank you for sharing your life experience about Thanksgiving. My family memories are the best but now my family has scattered all across the land from sea to seas. California to Maryland has separated my family so rarely do we gather together for celebration times. When my wife passed 16 years ago a long time friend basically adopted me into her family and holidays have been spent with her family all these past years. Some times the best family is the one that chooses us. I'm glad that you found one to build memories with. I sure wish I lived close enough to have some of that pie. ***** Have a great Thanksgiving. ***** Nebraska Dave

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