by Anthony Corona
I can almost smell the pies baking, feel the heat of the oven radiating through the kitchen and wafting through the house. I can see the beautifully appointed table in my mind, and of course I can taste the dark and white meat. I can hear the cheering of the big game from the family room and kiddos playing with the dogs and counting the minutes until they get their pie and ice cream.
Thanksgiving has always been a holiday for gathering and sharing, a time to reflect and give thanks for bounty and life. It’s a holiday that can bring us all together in love and celebration.
This year, as I ponder my thankful list, I remember those days past and those gone to a better place. I peruse my mind and feelings to lift and celebrate all the blessings I have been given. I remember my parents and other loved ones who made Thanksgivings past so memorable. I list the many ways my partner and our doggy family have changed me for better. I celebrate friends who make me smile, think and even drive me a little crazy, LOL.
I also charge myself to remember I am blessed and some may not be so. I charge myself to reach out to those in my life who may not have the memories of bounty, who may not have a celebration to attend. I charge myself this season to reach out and share my love with the people in my life, both on the personal and the global.
As we all give thanks this season, let us remember we are all blessed to have each other and the opportunity to carve another bird and slice another pie. This year along with giving thanks I charge my ACB brothers, sisters and non-binary siblings to not only give thanks and share the bounty around your tables, but to share the blessings with those around you who may not be as fortunate. I implore each of us to remember the spirit of this season and spread it around. The more love in this world, the better off we all will be!! And please indulge me as I thank each and every one who is reading this for your commitment to our organization and community. I am thankful for you all!! Happy Thanksgiving!!