As a blogger, as a parent, and as a person who has a rather unhealthy need to see his name in print, I thought I had better put my holiday thoughts into some frame for all to read.
I won't bore you with the details of my cooking... at least until tomorrow, neither will I talk about my wife and children, who are all about the house doing all manner of things (mostly reading). Today, while I saute the shallots for my wild rice and sausage stuffing, and simmer the applesauce, please allow me to share something with you.
Like many of you, I live a fair share of my life online. Many of my friends, those that I can't wait to share stories of my children with, are people that I know via kind words and pictures that I see on a screen. Many of you that read this, although we have never met, and may never meet, will certainly understand this. The funny thing is that even five years ago, this social setting would have come across as strange to so many people, but not anymore.
Times have changed a bit, and so have our social lives. We interact differently, and as a result, many other things in our lives have changed. In days gone by, family and dear friends would gather on feast days, like Thanksgiving, eat and celebrate together, enjoy each others company, and after a long day/evening, travel back to wherever they live, looking forward to the next time that they would all be together... which, very often, was the following Thanksgiving.... but things are different now.
Some who may read this, won't live in Prince William County, Virginia. Most won't live in Virginia at all. Some will read this all across America, and beyond, because our world is smaller now.
So, friends... as you sit wherever you are, eating whatever you eat on this day, with people that you love, please know that there is someone in Prince William County, Va. that is thinking of you and yours, and thankful for your acquaintance, and friendship.