I consider it a great blessing to be very invested in the life of my niece, Caitlin. Not only have I loved her with an insatiable love since the moment she was born, she has brought me great joy in unexpected ways. She moved to Arlington, Virginia after college and even teaches at my sons’ school. I get to interact with her on a regular basis even though she is a twenty-something with her own life.
This Thanksgiving all our family plans fell through. It was going be the five of us, plus Caitlin. This was just fine, but I’m kind of a more-the-merrier person, so I told Caitlin to round up some friends. Surely, since she seemingly knows half the twenty-somethings in DC, she could identify some stragglers. She came through too, one lovely young lady I already knew and three more — two guys and a girl — I didn’t. It was a family of five plus five singles, and we were thankful.
It’s nice to be around people who are not your natural peers. I am invariably blessed by being with women much older than me, and women much younger than me. Being around younger guys is not a frequent occurrence, but I enjoyed it immensely — except for the fact that one guy in his mid-twenties consistently addressed me with “yes, ma’am,” which I know was intended to show respect but instead made me feel ninety.
We filled our plates and were ready to eat. Sam proposed a toast — he was drinking Orange Fanta.
He raised his glass and said: “To,” and paused for effect, “…to Fanta!”
We clinked our glasses. We gave thanks.
I hope your Thanksgiving was as simple and blissful as ours!
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18