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  • Brianna Orozco

A Memorable Thanksgiving

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

As 2020 comes to an end, the holidays are “the most wonderful time of the year”, so the song says.

For many around the world, that is not the case, we have lost many loved ones due to this pandemic and celebrating the holidays will be tough for some this year.

As we gather with our families this season, we need to be thankful for the people around us.

The Orozco Family 2019 Thanksgiving

As for my family, this Thanksgiving will be spent with my parents, two brothers, and myself.

My sisters live out of town and won’t be spending the day with us which breaks our hearts, but we know it is for the best.

On social media this morning, I saw many friends gathering with all their relatives, and I get angry.

I am angry at the fact that my aunts, uncles, and cousins won’t be together at my Nina’s house today.

I am most angry that our family must spend thanksgiving apart, while others are able to have a great time with their relatives.

I can rant on about how mad I am, but that defeats the purpose of this Thanksgiving.

If anything, I should be more grateful.

Grateful that my relatives will be safe within their own household and won’t be in contact with Covid-19.

Grateful that when this pandemic comes to an end, I will enjoy their company next Thanksgiving and appreciate the moments I get to spend with them.

Most importantly, grateful that my family loves each other so much that they won’t risk any of us getting sick.

As for my final thoughts about this season, I appreciate everybody who stepped in to help family members who were ill, the volunteers who donated food to people in need, the faculties who are at testing sites every day, the doctors and nurses who spend hours and days treating patients to a full recovery, and the essential workers who have stepped up and went to work while at risk themselves.

I am thankful for everyone and hope to see better days to come.

As Charlie brown said it himself, “We should just be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving.”

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