Thanksgiving Reflections

For some, Thanksgiving is a feast with family; for others a time to find solace in the wake of loss or change. For some, Thanksgiving is at home, for some a visit elsewhere, and for others, a gathering of co-workers on the job.

Home Again, a Soldier Recalls Thanksgivings Far Away by Nick Schede
This Thanksgiving was special for my family and me. It had been four years since we sat at the dinner table together and shared a Thanksgiving meal. Read more…

Illness Transforms a Family’s Thanksgiving by Sasha Rampersaud
Brilliant shades of orange, green and brown burst from a centerpiece skillfully arranged by my father, the florist. Read more…

On Thanksgiving, Rekindling a Sisterly Bond by Lenore Fedow
My sister, Justine, sits across from me on the couch; legs crossed, the glow of her phone screen illuminating a face reminiscent of – but not quite like – my own, her thumbs moving rapidly over the keypad.  Read more…

Working the Night Shift on Thanksgiving by Melissa Jones
I was one of five people working the night shift on Thanksgiving at a country club in upstate New York. The workers with few family attachments were the ones selected to work the least desirable shifts. Read more…

On Thanksgiving, a Tradition Easy as Pie by Alison Ng
I’ve always found it funny that my best friend, who hates pie, is stuck amid thousands of them every Thanksgiving. I’m reminded of this as I stand in the dark in my driveway, shaking from the cold, as a silver Honda pulls up. I hop in, hoping we’re not going to be late. Read more…

Finding Balance in a Two-Part Tradition by Alicea Ulmer
When my parents divorced 13 years ago, my siblings and I started a long holiday commute between my mom’s home in Far Rockaway and my dad’s on Staten Island. We usually made the two-hour trip in the middle of the day so we could see both parents. Read more…

One Family’s Different Approach to Thanksgiving by Lynn Chawengwongsa
I did not eat homemade pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. I did not stay at home watching Charlie Brown deny the existence of the Great Pumpkin. Read more…

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