Today is the final prep for Thanksgiving. I've got to run to the store to pick up a few items, fill the truck with fuel, and drop by Momma's house to hug my sister. She flew in from Knoxville yesterday and I want to see her before the hectic that tomorrow will become. We're all gathering on the family property tomorrow to share a meal and fellowship, then we'll retire to the pasture for a little target practice. That's been a family tradition for several years, and as family changes we're never sure which traditions will change, or what the next year will bring.
Traditions change slowly, over time, and when we look back we see that what was once tradition is now simply a memory. As families grow, and blend, and change, traditions change. What we did when I was a child is certainly different than the way we do things now, and what my grandchildren experience in their youth will change as they grow and mature. That's the nature of things and we cherish what we had and what we have, knowing that nothing lasts forever.
So, to each of you, I pray that you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. That you experience the tradition that suits your situation, and that next year will find your traditions complete and fulfilling. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.