A family gathers around the dinner table for Thanksgiving as one member holds up a tablet showing other virtual family members celebrating.

Being Thankful This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming around and there is a lot to be thankful for, even though 2020 has not been a great year for anyone, I may assume. But I feel that I have a lot to be thankful for. My daughter Ava was born in April of this year and she is the most important thing to me. She has taught me so many new things about being a parent and being loved completely. I never had someone who loved to just be up under me the way she does and I hope that as she gets older she stays that way.

Choosing what I eat

This Thanksgiving I will be spending it with family who means the world to me. They will be having that good ole southern food that will make your belly want to take a nap. I will most likely only eat a few things. I will most likely try to stay away from as much carbs as possible. I will also try to stay away from anything that is high in sodium. Everything that’s high in salt makes me retain fluid really fast. So the foods I am aiming more towards are the greens, turkey, sweet potatoes, and maybe a thumb full of mac and cheese. Is it weird that I do not like mac and cheese?

My daughter is 7 months now and she is growing so well. She is already attacking regular food, and I know now that when the holidays come, she will be in everyone's plate eating up some good ole food.

But even though I will be watching my diet, my family members will not, so I will make them a bunch of things. Things such as stuffed bell peppers, cornbread dressing, mirliton dressing, and more. I could just smell the food right now, and know that I will have that old grandmother smile on my face as I watch everyone eat my food.

Why I'm thankful this Thansksgiving

  • This year will be my daughter's first Thanksgiving. The wonderful thing about this is that I am watching her make her milestones and become older and older.
  • I am thankful to be able to control my condition right now. I just recently did a doctor's visit and did my blood work. My results were fantastic and my health seems to be getting better by the second.
  • I am thankful for having been able to get back into college. I attend college online and it seems like it’s the best thing I could have ever done because I am able to manage being a mother and I can still go to school. When I graduate, I am going to make sure my daughter always knows that I did this for her.

Connecting during a pandemic

Doesn’t it feel good that you can spend time with family and enjoy each time you can have with them? But of course, for me, it will just be only a few of us. The rest I will meet and spend time with on Facetime while we celebrate this wonderful holiday due to COVID-19 restrictions. I have a feeling this will not be a bad holiday though.

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