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Holiday is about more than Butterball and Football

My Mom always made a big deal about the holidays.

There were family dinners and gatherings at Grandma’s house and afternoons on the Toutle River. And we were expected to be there, as close to “on time” as my Mom could manage while raising two boys alone. We kids didn’t make other plans. It never even crossed our minds to ask.

Thanksgiving was a big one. I remember awakening to the smell of something delicious. Mom was already cooking, even though we were eating elsewhere (two places, actually). Everyone contributed something, and she was up cooking before we were even conscious.

Later at Grandma’s house, adults at the table, kids at the card table on fold-out chairs, 42 things were going on all at once. And it was loud. Football on TV. Kids running, arguing or crying. We saw family members that we probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise — ever.

Later, sated by turkey and mashed potatoes and pie, we ended up outside. Football or whiffle ball or “Tackle Tim,” a twisted game where my younger brother always had the ball and had to run for his life. Regardless that it was raining and in spite of the frigid temps (hey, this is the Northwest), we played until dark or until attrition made it untenable. One by one, the ranks were thinned as a parent called out that it was time to go.

These days, we aren’t able to be at every single family gathering, as we were then. Now living in California, some years it’s just too difficult to get back to Washington. When we can, I’m so grateful, even if I don’t always tell the people who mean the most.

This morning, as I sit in a comfy recliner, back home at Mom’s for Thanksgiving after two years gone, the memories come flooding back. And I’m so thankful for those yearly “obligations.” For the connections we forged and the traditions we cemented.

Best Thanksgiving wishes to everyone today. We hope you create great connections and memories as well.

(Brian Bean is a real estate broker and ambassador for Helping A Million Homeowners, a nationwide organization that is committed to helping alleviate the financial stress that so many homeowners face today. He can be reached directly at Brian@DreamBigRealEstate.com.)

Brian Bean
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