Ah, Turkey Day. National “Watch Football Even if You Hate It” Day. A day of pie, mashed potatoes, and ignoring the fact that the holiday celebrates the slaughter of a native people.

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Had to get that off my chest. Regardless of it’s questionable origins, Thanksgiving is an awesome holiday. It’s a time for family, food and giving thanks for what we have. This year, sadly, my sister and her new husband aren’t able to join us, but my boyfriend is happily taking her place at our table. That’s kind of what Thanksgiving is about, actually. It’s about officially expanding your family year by year and watching everyone grow.

I know Christmas is usually where people give a round up of the year, but I think Thanksgiving is actually a better time. Thanksgiving has no gifts, no gimmicks, no competition. It’s a family holiday. So let me wrap up my year.

My sister got married in October, which means I have a new brother-in-law. They are out in California, living like starving artists do. My brother got a new job at the movie theater, which he loves, and is currently taking a break from dating after his past few psycho ex-girlfriends. Thank God. My boyfriend and I are celebrating two and a half years of dating, and he’s about to get a new job doing Graphic Design. My parents are still happily married and may or may not be planning another cruise…

I have changed my major from Communications to Math and Science for Teaching, and I’m actually enjoying my classes this year. The social department for me hasn’t been so good, BUT. I made a new friend in September, and he’s honestly the best friend I’ve had in years. I had a great summer job as a camp counselor, and hopefully they’ll hire me back for next year.

I have a lot to be thankful for. I have health, money, a roof over my head, some wonderful friends, a loving family, an amazing boyfriend and a good education.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Go home, stuff your face, and surround yourself with the people and things that make you realize how fortunate you are.

About madisongarland

Hi! I'm Madi, a college-student studying Communications and Elementary Education. I strive to deconstruct, study and suggest improvements for media aimed towards the most impressionable audiences. I've always loved cartoons and children's programming. Come follow me and help children everywhere!

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