Tonia Stephenson Chamber Chat
November 29, 2013
I love Thanksgiving. Sometimes Thanksgiving gets overshadowed by Christmas. Many of our stores bring out the Halloween items in October and before we can get through that holiday, they are bringing out the Christmas merchandise.
I’ve always thought we should stop and remember Thanksgiving. Of course, I also think that each day, especially here in the United States, should be Thanksgiving. Our country, even with its issues, is still such a blessed nation — and I will say the same for our state, county, and city as well. I am thankful each day for being born in America and now for living in Scotland County.
This week for Thanksgiving, I look forward to heading to Asheboro for the day to spend some quality time with my mama, daddy, sister, and in-laws — and of course, David. We no longer have a big family get-together like we did when my grandparents were still living, but I do look forward to this meal together. We are a very different family, in that we don’t cook the turkey and/or ham and have all the fixings and then eat turkey for a week until we are sick of it.
As a matter of fact, I’m not a turkey fan myself and no one in my family really cares for it that much. Therefore, our dinners sometimes have been lasagna or hot dogs and hamburgers or steaks. One year, our most different year, we did a soup bar. I think we had four different homemade soups to eat. When I tell people about our unusual Thanksgiving dinners, people usually look at me like I’m weird or that I come from a crazy family. All that is probably true, but we believe that it really isn’t about eating a turkey, but about sitting at a table together and sharing our love with one another.
I know, its corny, but that’s who I am.
This year’s menu is still being talked about but my mom, my sister, and me will figure it out. Mom will insist on doing most of the cooking, and it will be delicious. However, the family love that was abundant when we had the big family gatherings will still be first and foremost on our minds.
During this week, I tend to get a little mushier than other weeks, because I do feel very blessed. In the past year, I’ve had numerous new blessings added to my life and one of those blessings might be you. The people of this community have been so welcoming of David and me and we are truly thankful for the experience of becoming a part of Scotland County. I pray that each of you will take time this week to stop a few minutes before jumping into the Christmas shopping season and say thanks for the blessings of this year, the past, and the future.