One tradition of my favorite traditions occurs on Thanksgiving in my family. Instead of a traditional grace, each person at the table says what they are thankful for. It is always heartwarming, fun, and hilarious at the same time.
One of the best “Thankfuls” I have ever heard happened while we lived in Rhode Island. My father was stationed in Newport, Rhode Island for four years. My father’s cousin, Dave, and his family lived nearby in Warwick. We were about half way around the table giving our thanks when it was Dave’s turn. He simply stated, “I am thankful for whatever Sheryl (my mom) is thankful for.” Everyone burst into laughter because it was not her turn yet. We had no idea what my mom was thankful for.
To this day, when my family is together at Thanksgiving, someone always throws a “Dave Thanks” into the mix. It has to be explained most years since we love to include friends at our Thanksgiving table.
This year I am thankful for my family, my health, the wonderful trips we got to take, in-laws that legally joined the family, my new genealogy blog friends, and whatever Dave is thankful for.