thanksgiving stressThanksgiving is almost upon us and if Hallmark and Butterball have anything to do with expectations, the day will be filled with group hugs, perfect food, artful decorations and so much joy that the family home emits a glow you can see from space.

Maybe that’s your lived experience but it’s not mine. Thanksgiving is always lovely and fun, but not because it fits the marketing image. Stuff happens, even in the most well-adjusted families. If your family isn’t well-adjusted it’s even smarter to set realistic expectations. If you can be OK that something will go wrong, or taste funny, or get weird, or get on your nerves, there’s a much better chance that you’ll be prepared for it when it happens.

It all good. It’s all real. Not like Norman Rockwell but I’ll take it.

Have a delightful Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that you take the time to read these and for much more, too.

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