I am not a big holiday person (except Halloween, but truly, what mortal could resist a holiday that allows one to decorate with gigantic spiders, skulls, and zombies, and have a perfectly acceptable excuse for mass consumption of mini Mr. Goodbars?) The materialistic, greedy, gimme-gimme mentality that is wrapped tightly around holidays anymore is nauseating and unbearable to me.
Over the years, Thanksgiving has quietly become one of my favorite holidays (after Halloween, of course). I like the idea of taking time to be grateful for the people in your life who make you smile and laugh, to spend time with those who matter most. I simply blot out the Black Friday and shopping madness that is defiling the holiday.
My office closed the day after Thanksgiving, so I ended up with a four-day weekend. When I told Gary I was off on Friday, he jokingly said, “Damn! I mean, oh, that’s great”, and laughed. Har har.
The days together flew by much too quickly. I knew they would. I wanted each day to last forever, to have those moments just grocery shopping together or planning what to do on Thanksgiving Day or snuggling, joking around, and laughing, to last as long as possible. We get so little peaceful time together, just the two of us, without work or worries demanding attention. I enjoyed the hell out of those four days.
On Sunday morning, Gary looked sad when we woke up. I asked him what was wrong, and he said, “Today is our last day off together.” I had already been thinking the same thing, but I told him not to think about it, and let’s have a great day. We did, watching football, cooking dinner together, and then just leaving all the dirty dishes in the sink together!
Heading back to work and the real world this week was difficult. Calling in sick crossed my mind, but that is only delaying the inevitable. Just tear off the Band-Aid quickly and get it over with.
I am thankful for our days off together and the fun we had. I am thankful we found each other when we needed each other most. I am grateful that I spent Thanksgiving with my best friend.