|Because nobody should be without family for the holidays.|
Anyhow. They also taught me that giving is one of the most important things you can do. Whether it's volunteering your time (hello, 152 hours of unpaid/volunteer internship last summer), helping someone sort through an issue (sometimes I feel like a psychologist, not an RA), or any number of other things.
They also taught me to treasure my friendships. Sure, some have dissipated over the years, but most stay for a pretty long time. Two of my best friends and I have known each other for eight years this year. EIGHT. That's a hell of a long time. Or so it seems.
And I'm thankful for all of these experiences, lessons, and for the love they've given me.
However, for me, this Thanksgiving is different. Sure, we're having my grandparents over, as well as two of my mom's siblings and their families, but we're also having one of my friends over. She decided not to go with her mom and her partner and their two adopted children for Thanksgiving at a relative of the partner's.
I consider this friend, like many of my female friends, to be the sister I never had. Because she's just that awesome.
She would have been home alone if I hadn't asked my mom if she could come over. In my book, being home alone for any holiday does not fly. Nobody should be without others. Now let's only hope that she doesn't mind my ridiculous family. Ridiculous as they may be sometimes... I wouldn't change it for the world.