The moments we treasure or remember the most are almost never captured by other means. They are strictly in our heads and hearts. Sitting in the back of a car on a trip with your family as a 6-year old, playing games with license plates and a Snoopy calculator. The stupid conversations with your best friend from when you were 9 that you still think back on with a smile. Being told your greatest weakness when you're 13: And realizing just how much it almost did, and one day may, come to haunt you. Understanding that it is often better to take blame for something you didn't do that will quickly be forgotten than to start an argument that won't. Doing favors for people that they will never know about or appreciate - and seeing the smile, relief, or success that results. And feeling good about it. The off-hand comment that made you understand yourself that much more. The moment at your wedding when you just know.
Sometimes, put down the video camera and join in the fun. Leave the cellphones at home. Stop worrying about the ride home and enjoy whatever you came for. Don't get stressed out trying to avoid stress later on.
Stop trying to capture the moment. Be a part of it, instead.
And now that my preaching is over, here's the turkey roundup!!
I made my picks, we cooked up a storm, I made a point, and we had an awesome time.Hope everyone enjoyed as much as we did. Have a wonderful Shabbos!
BlogHD notes that Israel could use a Thanksgiving, though Israelis would never go for it.
Classmate-Wearing-Yarmulke thinks he knows why more Jews don't celebrate Thanksgiving.
DovBear explains why we can celebrate; and tells people to get offline. He also questions why some schools have classes.
Jack thinks family can be tough, even if he's thankful for them.
Robbie's family fights for the prize.
Lamed-Zayin draws a cartoon.
Gene wishes everyone a happy holiday.
Chaim takes advantage.
Orthomom learned something new.
PsychoToddler thinks nothing's new.
RenReb saw a funny video - it's an oldie but goodie.
Stacey misses our joint hometown of Cleveland, especially the snow.
Shoshana heads South.
The Wolf gives thanks.
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