I sent out this Thanksgiving card this year. It was a great Thanksgiving, first one in years not spent alone.
Thanksgiving 2020, mom had just passed away and I was an emotional and physical wreck and I didn’t want anyone around. Plus, this was the time of high COVID hysteria, everyone else was isolating as well. My Thanksgiving gratitude was for no longer having round-the-clock medical responsibilities for mom.
Thanksgiving 2021, there were invitations to gatherings which I preemptively declined on the basis of being unvaccinated and not wishing to make anyone uncomfortable. Plus my chronic pain condition made any social event a test of agony endurance.
Thanksgiving 2022, vaccination status didn’t seem to matter so much anymore. However, the health challenges stemming from my back injury kept me homebound much of the time. Driving any distance also was difficult. It was simply easier to spend the day at home alone, which I did.
Thanksgiving 2023, my dear friend, Trava arranged to spend Thanksgiving with me. It was perfect for me, I didn’t have to drive or leave home at all. Also, I didn’t have to cook, Trava and I just went to the market next door and got plates of turkey, potatoes, stuffing to take back home.
Trava has been a lifesaver, she is a pain-relief deep-tissue bodyworker. After a year of her treatments, I wrote this unabashedly effusive Yelp review for her business. It’s been over two years of weekly treatments now and we’ve become quite close. Plus, I help her out some with web and video production projects.
So today was remarkably relaxed and easygoing. Before we ate, we took a walk in Ragle Park. It was a gorgeous day in nature. We talked about every subject under the sun. Trava knows my physical condition better than anyone, so I don’t have to apologize for being a pain gimp.
After Trava went home, I sent out my Thanksgiving (digital) postcard to various friends and family via text or email. Some, I hadn’t communicated with in while, so it felt comforting to reinitiate conversation.
After years of isolation, Thanksgiving 2023 overflowed with connection like the proverbial horn of plenty.